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Lundi 18 mars 2019 de 15  h  30 à 17  h

Asia Today: Challenges and Opportunities for Canada - Conférence du GÉRAC

Lieu : Local 3313, Pavillon Palasis-Prince, Université Laval

Cette conférence est organisée par le Groupe d'études et de recherche sur l'Asie contemporaine (GERAC), et la Chaire Stephen.-A-Jarislowsky en gestion des affaires internationales.


The conventional wisdom and established order that has prevailed since the late 1940s, a system that has traditionally provided the framework for Asia’s relations with Europe and North America, is being challenged and stressed. The most significant development has been not only the economic and political rise of China, but a new assertiveness on the part of China that is manifesting itself in Chinese initiatives to dominate the region. These include the ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), new institutions like the AIIB and China Development Bank, a Chinese blueprint to become a largely technically autonomous power by 2025 and military assertiveness in the South China Sea and elsewhere. At the same time, the United States is retreating into unilateralism, renouncing the role it has traditionally held as the champion of multilateral institutions. This has been manifested most obviously by the Trump Administration’s imposition of punitive tariffs on Chinese imports as part of its drive to obtain a China-US Trade Agreement that will reduce its bilateral trade goods deficit. Other examples of this win/lose approach is the forced renegotiation of NAFTA, the imposition of steel and aluminum tariffs on most of America’s allies on specious national security grounds and soon the beginning of bilateral trade negotiations with Japan. 

Given that WTO reform seems a step too far, regional trade agreements have helped to fill the vacuum, in particular in the AsiaPacific region, where the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) is showing important leadership. At the same time the EU and Japan have just implemented a bilateral agreement and the Regional and Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), which includes the 10 ASEAN countries, China, Japan, Korea, India and Australia and New Zealand, continues to move slowly toward completion. 

These forces present numerous challenges for Canada. Where does Canada go from here?  

Hugh L. StephensHugh L. Stephens, Distinguished Fellow, Asia Pacific Foundation Vice Chair, Canadian Committee on Pacific Economic Cooperation (PECC)

Mr. Stephens has more than 35 years of government and business experience in the Asia-Pacific region. Based in Victoria, BC, Canada, he is currently Vice Chair of the Canadian Committee on Pacific Economic Cooperation (CANCPEC), Distinguished Fellow at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, and Executive Fellow at the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary. In addition, he teaches in the MBA program at Royal Roads University as an Associate Faculty member.

Before returning to Canada in December 2009, he was Senior Vice President (Public Policy) for Asia-Pacific for Time Warner for almost a decade, located at the company’s regional headquarters in Hong Kong. In recent years, he has written and commented extensively on Canada’s engagement with the Asia Pacific region including articles published in The Globe and Mail, Post Media, Embassy, iPolitics, The Diplomat, Open Canada, US-China Focus and others. He currently maintains an active blog on international intellectual property issues (

Prior to joining Time Warner in 2000, Mr. Stephens spent 30 years in the Canadian Foreign Service with the Department of External Affairs, later the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT). His last Ottawa assignment was as Assistant Deputy Minister for Policy and Communications in DFAIT.

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