The China Brief is a compilation of stories and links related to China and its relationship with Canada’s West. The opinions expressed in the links are those of the articles’ authors and don’t necessarily reflect the views of the Canada West Foundation and our affiliates.

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China Brief | Edition 033

Canadian industries look to grow in China despite current tensions; what the new Canadian foreign minister may mean for the relationship with China; and the impact of falling vegetable oil stocks on Canadian canola.

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China Brief | Edition 033
November 26, 2019

Canadian industries look to grow in China despite current tensions; what the new Canadian foreign minister may mean for the relationship with China; and the impact of falling vegetable oil stocks on Canadian canola.

China Brief | Edition 032
November 12, 2019

A deep dive into Canada’s meat exports allowed back into China; a face-off at the WTO; and a Chinese grocery store chain branching out into Canada.

China Brief | Edition 031
October 28, 2019

China’s bans on Canadian agriculture take their toll, Chinese patent applications skyrocket, and the Canadian rare earth elements industry in China’s shadow.

China Brief | Edition 030
October 7, 2019

Canadian agriculture feels the pain, China’s new ambassador to Canada starts, and the 70th Anniversary of the People’s Republic of China.

China Brief | Edition 029
September 23, 2019

Canada takes China to the WTO, Canadian rare earth elements see an opportunity in the China-U.S. trade war, and Meng Wanzhou is back in court.

China Brief | Edition 028
September 9, 2019

Canada’s new ambassador to China, Canada’s meat industry asks for assistance, and the story behind rising wheat exports to China.

China Brief | Edition 027
August 13, 2019

Hong Kong protests, theorizing on Canada’s China strategy, and the Foreign Affairs Minister finally meets with her Chinese counterpart.

China Brief | Edition 026
July 22, 2019

Canadian LNG exports to China, Canadian wariness about Huawei growth, and efforts to solve the China-Canada dispute.

Even though things tend to slow down in the summer, developments in the China-Canada relationship are happening full tilt. Here’s what’s on our radar:


China Brief | Special Edition
July 16, 2019

Recently, the China Brief took life at our most recent Pop-up Policy event. The Canada West Foundation, along with the Canadian International Council (Calgary branch) hosted China trade expert Brett Stephenson for an “on-the-ground” Asian perspective and insights into the current Canada-China trade and political conflicts.

China Brief | 1 Year Special Edition
June 19, 2019

In the year since the China Brief launched, the relationship between China and Canada has been on a rollercoaster. This happened as economic and political worlds collided between the U.S. and China, with major implications for the West.

The next year will see the federal and provincial governments grapple with how to deal with China, Canada’s second-largest trading partner and a growing power on the world stage.

China Brief | Edition 023
June 10, 2019

China’s ambassador to Canada says adios; Huawei CFO Meng’s trial is postponed until 2020; and Canada Goose thrives in Beijing.

China Brief | Edition 022
May 14, 2019

China’s block of Canadian agricultural exports drags on; the U.S.-China trade war shows no signs of resolving; and Huawei launches a full-court public relations campaign in Canada.

China Brief | Edition 021
April 29, 2019

China’s ban of Canadian canola drags on, and more crops fall on the chopping block; China’s investment in Canada decreases by nearly half; and Canadian universities debate their relationship with China.

China Brief | Edition 020
April 8, 2019

Canada responds as China’s blockade of Canadian canola continues.

China Brief | Edition 019
March 25, 2019

We take a deep dive into China’s ban of canola imports, and what this could mean for Canada.

China Brief | Edition 018
February 25, 2019

The Meng Wanzhou saga carries on, Huawei investment in Canada rises, and Japan thinks it’s high time that Canada move its trade focus from China to Japan.

China Brief | Edition 017
February 11, 2019

Waiting on Huawei, Chinese investment in Canada slumps, and lessons from the Canada-Cuba relationship about how to respond amid U.S. pressure.

China Brief | Edition 016
January 28, 2019

As diplomatic tensions build between Canada and China, Alberta taps the brakes on a trade mission to China and Saskatchewan feels the heat over Huawei. Also, the largest hydroponic factory in China takes root, an electric vehicle start-up revs up, and we dive deep into China’s state-led industrial policy, Made in China 2025.

China Brief | Edition 015
January 14, 2019

Tension between China and Canada continues to build after the arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou. We’ve got updates on that, plus some good news for canola farmers, and some surprising data on Chinese foreign investment in Canada.

China Brief | Edition 014
December 10, 2018

Huawei’s CFO is arrested in Vancouver, and the debate over banning Huawei’s 5G tech in Canada rages on. Check out this, and more, in this latest edition.

China Brief | Edition 013
November 26, 2018

Trudeau returns from the China-Canada Leaders’ Dialogue; speculation continues to swirl about the impact of that USMCA clause on the Canada-China economic relationship; and mini terracotta warriors (!).

China Brief | Six month special edition
November 14, 2018

From the China-U.S. trade war, Aecon sale blocked, energy opportunities, USMCA 32.10, Huawei and more, we’ve spent the last several months following China in Western Canadian media. Here’s what we’ve learned – and a look forward to what’s next.

China Brief | 012
October 2, 2018

Canada’s top cybersecurity official argues Canada can “handle” Huawei, new North American trade deal could have implications for a trade agreement with China, and a look at Canadian energy exports to China.

China Brief | 011
September 18, 2018

Chinese companies team up with Indigenous group to build Alberta refinery, Saskatchewan premier’s trip to China, and an “Asian Super Grid.”

China Brief | 010
August 27, 2018

China looks to ramp up its relationship with Canada, U.S.-China trade war updates and “scheming concubines” (actually!).

China Brief | 09
August 13, 2018

Golden opportunities for Canadian energy amid the U.S.-China trade fight, Wayne Gretzky is boosting China’s hockey profile and a rare public protest in China.

China Brief | 08
July 30, 2018

Concerns about a currency war in the China-U.S. trade fight, the possibility of more Chinese investment in Canada, and why the U.S. launched tariff challenges against several WTO countries.

China Brief | 07
July 16, 2018

How the heating-up China-U.S. trade war could impact Canada, a look at what Destination Canada achieved on its mission to China, and why the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board is going to invest in China’s rental housing sector.


China Brief | 06
July 3, 2018

How a mountain of plastic is causing a major recycling headache, the rise of a robot farm, China’s fading soccer dreams and why we’re finally calling it a U.S.-China trade war.

China Brief | 05
June 18, 2018

What the heat-up in the China-U.S. trade dispute could mean for Canada, how Chinese recycling restrictions continue to impact Canadian communities, and how the future of Chinese agriculture may be in self-driving combines.

China Brief | 04
May 28, 2018

Canada says no to the Aecon deal, Air Canada wades into the Taiwan dispute, and we find out China’s top polluters.

China Brief | 03
May 14, 2018

We take a deep dive into Chinese investment in Canada, Minister MacAulay heads to China to sell Canadian ag, and the China-U.S. trade spat simmers. Also, panda cubs!

China Brief | 02
April 30, 2018

The debate around the potential sale of one of Canada’s major construction companies to a China SOE heats up; more chest-thumping on the China-US trade spat; and a look at what the Canadian Senate did to get the Chinese government riled up.

China Brief | 01
April 16, 2018

China-U.S. chest-thumping on trade, what it means for Canada’s soy, pork, peas and other products, and what Heritage Minister Joly came home with after her recent trip to China. 

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