East Asia Region

Asia-Pacific Ben Hartley

Xi’s Ticket to Ride

By: Ben Hartley While the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) constitutes the basis for single party rule in China, the internal political dynamics that govern succession politics create a balance between diverging opinions within the party that have allowed for China’s long-term stability in governance and economic growth. Set to undergo the first major leadership succession Read More…

Asia-Pacific Western Europe

Beyond Trade: Establishing a European Presence in Asia

By: Jason Naselli from the Atlantic Community – Berlin. At Issue: The European Union must reach out to Asian partners and become a credible player on issues other than trade. A strong EU-Asia policy can contribute to stability and advance Europe’s overall political, economic, and security interests. Atlantic Community members and regional experts believe that the European Union Read More…

Asia-Pacific Ben Hartley Canada

Harper Maps a New Canadian Trade Regime

By: Ben Hartley In China this week, Prime Minister Harper is balancing Canada’s two most important trade relationships as he seeks to diversify the Canadian export market. Once understood as an idealistic and Euro-centric state, Canada has turned to the highest bidder for Alberta crude in the Asia-Pacific region after US President Obama’s recent decision Read More…

Asia-Pacific Ben Hartley

The Anatomy of US-China Cooperation on North Korea

By: Ben Hartley New leadership in Pyongyang invariably changes the strategic calculus of China and the US on the Korean Peninsula. The appointment of Kim Jong-un as Supreme Commander of the Korean People’s Army is an important indication of the legitimacy of Jong-un, and points to the ruling military cadre’s interest in maintaining internal stability. Read More…

Asia-Pacific Kavita Bapat

Rebranding Burma

By: Kavita Bapat Friday 18 November marked a decisive shift in Burma’s long-isolated  history, as its main opposition leader Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, agreed to rejoin the country’s political system and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton became the first high-ranking American official to visit the Southeast Asian nation in over 50 years. Read More…

Asia-Pacific Canada Sean Palter

Ligang Chen, Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Toronto, speaks to the NCC

By: Sean Palter Ligang Chen, Consul General (Ambassadorial Rank) of the People’s Republic of China in Toronto, spoke to members of The NATO Council of Canada on February 16 about Sino-Canadian relations in the 21st Century. Chen, a lifelong diplomat, holding positions with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China since 1976, has served in Read More…