Foote Lecture 2019 - Canada and China in 21st Century: Partnership or Conflict?

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Foote Lecture 2019 - Canada and China in 21st Century: Partnership or Conflict? 

Canada’s diplomatic engagement with the People’s Republic of China will reach the 50 year mark next year.  The period since China’s economic reform began in 1978 under Deng Xiaoping has seen a steady expansion of economic linkages between Canada and China, notably Chinese investment in Alberta – $50 billion.  Immigration, tourism, and cultural exchanges have all flourished.But the detention of a senior Huawei executive on an extradition warrant in Vancouver, followed by the detention of two Canadian citizens in China, who are accused of endangering China’s national security, has generated a diplomatic crisis between the two states.

Is the damage from these recent events permanently damaged our relationship with China? What are the prospects for the Canada-China relations in the 21st century? Professor Houlden will give his insights about these questions in his talk.

Professor Houlden joined the Canadian Foreign Service in 1976, serving in Ottawa and abroad. Twenty-two of his years in the Canadian Foreign Service were spent working on Chinese economic, trade and political affairs for the Government of Canada including five postings in China. He also served at Canadian Embassy in Havana and Warsaw, and at Canada National Defence College. His last assignment before joining UAlberta in 2008 was as Director General of the East Asian Bureau of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, responsible for Greater China, Japan, the Koreas and Mongolia.

The Lecture is free, snacks and beverages are provided. Click HERE to RSVP. 


Auditorium Room 150, Telus International Centre, University of Alberta Main Campus


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