POP UP POLICY with Brett Stephenson, Public Affairs Lead for North Asia with UPS and Policy and Government Relations Chair, Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong; John Gruetzner, Partner at Intercedent Limited and one of the 24 original founders of the China Policy Centre in Ottawa; and Sharon Zhengyang Sun, Trade Policy Economist, Canada West Foundation
Despite the fact Canada continues to see a 12 per cent annual growth in bilateral trade with China, understanding and predicting the future of political and trade relations with China has long been a challenge – part of the growing pains in the relationship. But clues to the goals and strategic direction China will pursue can be found in the new five-year plan due to be released this spring. This is China’s 14th five-year plan and will be based on China’s fifth plenum, a major policy meeting held last October. How will the plenum and the subsequent five-year plan impact Canadian and western Canadian businesses? What kind of trade and investment opportunities and threats did the fifth plenum propose? How will this information better help Canadian policy makers formulate policy to anticipate, mitigate and manage trade frictions with China?