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CIC Victoria: Canada-China Relations: Looking Ahead to 2019

January 28, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm PST


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau began 2018 by declaring it to be the year of Canada-China tourism, but since then relations between the two countries have rapidly cooled. Attempts to broaden trade ties brought little success and Canada-China relations received a major blow in early December 2018, when Meng Wanzhou, Chief Financial Officer of the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei was arrested by Canadian authorities based on a US extradition request – an arrest that sent shockwaves through the global markets, already on edge over US-China trade tensions. Join us as Margaret Cornish and Jonathan Manthorpe look back at a tumultuous year in Canada-China relations and look forward to how the bilateral relationship will be shaped by global developments.

Speakers’ Biographies

Margaret Cornish served on the International Affairs Council established to advise Justin Trudeau before his election as Prime Minister. She began her career in the Canadian Foreign Service with postings to the Canadian Delegation to the UN in New York, the Canadian Embassy in Beijing, and the Canadian delegation to the European Community. Later, Margaret served as Executive Director of the Canada-China Business Council (2003-2008) and from 2010 to 2015 was the Chief Representative in Beijing for the Canadian law firm Bennett Jones. Margaret was recently recognized as one of eight honourees at the 40th Anniversary of the Canada-China Business Council in Beijing.

Jonathan Manthorpe has worked for 40 years as a foreign correspondent and international affairs commentator for Canadian newspapers. He has been based in Europe, Africa and Asia and is the author of Forbidden Nation: A History of Taiwan (2008) and more recently Claws of the Panda: Beijing’s Campaign of Influence and Intimidation in Canada (2019). Currently, he writes weekly columns for Ottawa-based iPolitics. Jonathan has also been involved in special projects for governments and international organizations, including work for the United Nations, the World Bank, the Asia Development Bank, the Canadian International Development Agency and various NGOs.



CIC Member Price: $20.00
CIC Student Member Price: $20.00
CIC Young Professional Member Price: $20.00
Non-Member Price: $20.00
Non-Member Student Price: $20.00

Contact person: Roger Love – cicpip2018@gmail.com


January 28, 2019
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm PST
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