LNG in British Columbia, Scandals in Malaysia, and the Complexity of Policy Decisions

Memo #340

By Kai Ostwald – kai.ostwald [at] ubc.ca

Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) production is an important potential source of revenue and new jobs for British Columbia. The consortium tasked with developing the industry is led by Petronas, the Malaysian state-owned national oil firm. Given the size of investments (an initial $12 billion) and the environmental risks… Continue reading

Canada – China FIPA: Just the Facts, Please

Memo #313

By Matthew Levine – matthew.a.j.levine [at] gmail.com

Levine_photoCanada’s Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement with China (China FIPA), which entered into force October 1, 2014, is a laudable step towards norms-based economic relations in the Asia-Pacific. My two goals here are to briefly introduce key developments in the China FIPA and to put in context the surprisingly… Continue reading

Chinese SOEs and Non-Renewable Resource Development in Alberta

Pacific Prospective features the research of graduate students.

Memo #294

By Daniel Wood  – dwood [at] alumni.ubc.ca

Canada’s abundance of non-renewable energy resources, such as conventional and synthetic crude and natural gas, are vital to the national economy. According to Statistics Canada, jobs from this sector currently contribute to 4% of Canada’s total labour force… Continue reading

Third Culture Kids and the Rise of a Cosmopolitan Ethos in the Asia-Pacific

Pacific Prospective features the research of graduate students.

Memo #289

By  Grégoire Legault – gregoire.legault [at] alumni.ubc.ca

The world is changing, thanks in great part to unparalleled levels of migration. According to the United Nations, more than 230 million people were living outside of their countries of birth in 2013, many of them originally born in Asia… Continue reading

“A Legacy for the People:” The Columbia Basin Trust as Model for the Angat River Basin?

Pacific Prospective features the research of graduate students.

Read the first part of this memo HERE.

Memo #287

By Brett Dimond – brett.dimond [at] gmail.com

The issue of centralized control over water resources has not always been confined to developing countries. In 1964, Canada and the United States ratified the Columbia River Treaty… Continue reading

The Global Intensification of Supplementary Education

Memo #271

Featuring Julian Dierkes

Recently, Ee-Seul Yoon of the Faculty of Education at UBC in coordination with the Asia Pacific Memo sat down with Dr. Julian Dierkes, Associate Professor and Keidanren Chair in Japanese Research at UBC’s Institute for Asian Research, to pose a few questions about Professor Dierkes’ recently co-edited volume, Out of the Shadows: The Global Intensification Of Supplementary Education, which was published in December 2013… Continue reading

Redback Rising: Canada’s Role in the Internationalization of the Renminbi

Pacific Prospective features the research of graduate students.

Memo #267

By Grégoire Legault – gregoire.legault [at] alumni.ubc.ca

The Chinese renminbi, or “people’s currency” (人民币), has been internationalizing more rapidly than experts had previously forecast, even though the country’s capital account remains closed and the currency’s exchange rate is still not allowed to float freely. The redback is crossing… Continue reading

Fragmentation vs. Integration in Asia in 2014: A Year for the History Books

Memo #259

By Yves Tiberghien – yves.tiberghien [at] ubc.ca

Dr. Tiberghien at the G-20 in St. Petersburg, Russia (September 2013).

In the wake of major leadership change around East Asia, what will be the major trends in the Asia/Pacific region in 2014? Did the battle over the Chinese Air Defense Identification Zone… Continue reading

China’s Liberalizing Impact on Global Commodity Markets

Memo #195 – China played a key part in the recent collapse of the iron ore pricing regime. This was an unintended consequence of a mix of bold negotiating tactics and competing domestic interests, which made it difficult to implement a consistent international procurement policy. Chinese actions destabilized global market institutions and paradoxically caused their liberalization. Continue reading