Canada – Asia Pacific
iAffairs’ Asia Pacific coverage focuses on relations between Canada and the states of the Pacific Rim, which includes East Asia, South Asia, and the Pacific coast of the Americas. In the context of what some are calling an ‘Asian Century’, the questions that iAffairs seeks to answer are: What are Canada’s strategic interests in Asia and what interests will Asian states have in Canada during the decades ahead?
The short answer is that Canada’s interest in Asia is economic, a notion that is supported by a number of recent government initiatives including completion of a Canada-China Foreign Investment and Protection Agreement and pursuit of membership in the Trans Pacific Partnership trading bloc, to name just two examples. However, it is yet to be seen whether the government’s ‘pivot to Asia’ will result in a long term shift towards deeper integration with Asian states, whether Canadian business will follow suit, or whether such a pivot would be in Canada’s best interests.
Regardless of where and with whom Canada decides to ally its interests, the emerging economies of Asia will to continue to expand their influence over world affairs in the years ahead. Accordingly, it is incumbent upon Canadian leaders, thinkers, and voters to inform themselves of issues in Canada-Asia relations.
Gregor is currently a Masters Candidate at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs where his research focuses on China’s approach to trade and investment with African nations. As well, he has a strong interest in Canada-China relations and international trade policy. Prior to beginning his graduate research, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in History and Hispanic Studies from the University of Victoria. As well, he spent several years studying foreign languages in Guatemala, Mexico, West Africa, and northern China. He is a policy-writer at the International Policy Forum, research assistant at the North-South Institute, and intern at Dawson Strategic. Originally from British Columbia, he returns to his home province each summer to his part-time career as a treeplanter.