The Institute for Peace & Diplomacy (IPD) is pleased to announce our upcoming panel ‘China’s Development and Its Impact on the World and Canada-China Relations’. The discussion will take place on Thursday, May 6th, 7:00-8:20 PM ET and can be watched live on Zoom.
Canada and China relations continue to face challenges despite the fact that bilateral trade volume increased last year. Meng Wanzhou’s extradition proceeding is ongoing and the trials for the Two Michaels, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, concluded last month and the verdict will be announced at an unspecified later date. The Canadian Parliament passed a resolution declaring China’s treatment of the Uyghurs as genocide, a characterization strongly denounced by Beijing. Ottawa and Beijing also imposed sanctions on each other over Xinjiang. At the same time, China concluded its annual Two Sessions in March, setting ambitious goals for the next five years and beyond. China also signed large trade and investment pacts with its neighbours and EU, and has shipped its vaccines to several dozen countries. Despite pressure from the opposition and the recent Biden-Trudeau summit, the Liberal government remains a member of the AIIB, and has not announced a decision on 5G and Huawei.
To discuss these and related issues, we are pleased to welcome His Excellency, Chinese Ambassador to Canada Cong Peiwu, to IPD’s ‘China Conversation Series.’ Following Ambassador Cong’s opening remarks, our four distinguished experts will provide their analysis about China’s development and Canada-China relations.
Peggy Mason, President of Rideau Institute
Professor David Carment, Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs
Mark Kruger, Yicai Global’s Opinion Editor and Senior Fellow to the Yicai Research Institute
Dr. Wenran Jiang, Advisor, Asia Program, Institute for Peace & Diplomacy