Mark November 8th on your Calendars

Carolyn Kim While the most important political election in the world took place yesterday, some would argue that the event that will most likely and most significantly affect Canada’s future is the selection of the new Chinese President and Prime Minister. This Thursday, the 18th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party will begin its…

My Summer Was Great, How Was Yours? Rounding Up Summer Happenings in the Asia-Pacific – Part Two

Ernest Chong We continue our Asia-Pacific summer event round-up with a look at what’s new with the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a free-trade initiative touted to be the key to liberalizing the region’s economies.  Trans-Pacific Partnership In June, Canada and Mexico became the newest members to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) multilateral free trade negotiations. While the addition…

My Summer Was Great, How Was Yours? Rounding Up Summer Happenings in the Asia-Pacific

Ernest Chong It’s been a rather eventful summer in Pacific Asia. This three-part mini-series will briefly examine some highlights that have regional and global implications. We begin with a look at the region’s territorial disputes and a major failure on the part of the region’s cooperative organization, ASEAN. Much Ado about Islands The Asia-Pacific region was…

The Sky is Not Falling

… or Why We Shouldn’t Worry Too Much About China’s Latest Military Budget _______________ Ernest Chong China’s official defence budget is set to rise by 11.2 percent this year to an estimated 670 billion RMB ($106B US). Hold the Chicken Little routine. Is the budget increase really that big of a deal? Not really. The…

Uncle Sam Is Back

Ernest Chong The United States is returning to the Asia-Pacific region. Last November, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wrote of “America’s Pacific Century” in Foreign Policy, and Washington announced the basing of Marines in Australia. Shortly thereafter, President Obama began reversing years of perceived American disengagement by participating in the East Asia Summit (EAS) for…