Canada’s bilateral trade with China continues to increase, with average annual export and import growth of 10% and 13% respectively the last two decades, despite political tensions between the two countries. What does China’s 14th Five-Year Plan mean to Western Canada when it comes to managing that trade? How can the West best take advantage of the information contained within the FYP and the implementation processes associated with it for trade? What can we learn from our allies, who are also our competitors, on how to simultaneously manage both political tension and trade growth?
Canada’s Ambassador to China, Dominic Barton, sits down with Canada West Foundation CEO and former Alberta Representative to China Gary G. Mar for an armchair discussion on China’s latest Five-Year Plan and what it means for Western Canada.
Carlo Dade, Director, Trade and Investment Centre, Canada West Foundation
Gary G. Mar, CEO, Canada West Foundation
Dominic Barton, Canada’s Ambassador to China, Embassy of Canada to China, Beijing