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CIC Prince George: Trade Battles With China – Lessons for the Pulp and Resource Sector

October 15, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PDT

Join us October 15, 2021 as we host Phil Calvert and Jonathan Manthorpe – two highly acclaimed experts on Canada’s relationship with China – to speak about an issue of great importance to resource communities across the country: trade battles with China. This event is co-hosted by the Prince George branch of the Canadian International Council and the University of Northern BC’s Global Friday series, and supported by the Prince George Citizen.




In 2020, the value of Canadian pulp exports to China declined $1.6 billion, down 21.8% from the previous year. Was this decline related to the ongoing diplomatic challenges with Meng Wanzhou or was this just a natural variation in trade? Recent history has shown China’s willingness to use economic sanctions for political purposes, as seen with the targeting of agricultural exports, specifically canola and pork products, in retribution for the arrest of Meng Wanzhou. This cost farmers across Canada nearly $5 billion in 2019. Australia has also experienced similar sanctions for simply inquiring about the origins of Covid-19. Given the importance of the pulp and resource industry to Canada, and Prince George in particular, what are the lessons we can learn from these experiences with China and what should we be doing to prepare for future challenges?



Phil Calvert

Philip Calvert grew up in Prince George and is a graduate of Prince George Secondary School. He spent 34 years in Canada’s Foreign Service, with three postings in Beijing (including as Deputy Ambassador), as well as an assignment as Ambassador to Thailand, Cambodia and Laos. In Global Affairs Canada he was Director General for North Asia, a Director in the Trade Policy Branch, and Deputy Chief Negotiator for China’s accession to the World Trade Organization.

Jonathan Manthorpe

Jonathan Manthorpe is a long-time foreign correspondent, international affairs columnist and author of Claws of the Panda. In 1989 he was appointed Africa correspondent by Southern News and in 1993 was posted to Hong Kong to cover Asia. Over his 50-year career, he has been the foreign correspondent in Asia, Africa, and Europe for Southam news, the European Bureau Chief for the Toronto Star and the national political reporter for The Globe and Mail.





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