Canada – China FIPA: Just the Facts, Please

October 22, 2014 Asia Pacific Memo 0

Memo #313 By Matthew Levine – matthew.a.j.levine [at] Canada’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 […]


China’s Liberalizing Impact on Global Commodity Markets

December 4, 2012 Asia Pacific Memo 0

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. […]


Upcoming Canada-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement – Lessons Learned from Korea

November 22, 2012 Asia Pacific Memo 0

Memo #192 – Canada and Japan are set to begin negotiations to develop an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) on November 26th, 2012. Canada hasn’t completed a preferential trade agreement with any of its Asia Pacific partners, and Japan has yet to finalize an EPA with a G8 country. As negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Korea have entered their seventh year and as regional competitors, like Australia, are forging new trade partnerships in Asia, Canada feels pressured to assert itself in the region. If Canada can learn from the stalled Korean negotiations, the Canada-Japan EPA can become the platform to accomplish such a task. […]