Kucharski on Canada's trade and geopolitics

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Geopolitics of Canada's trade with Indo-Pacific

The Canadian Global Affairs Institute, in a joint policy paper with the University of Calgary School of Public Policy, released a paper on July 5 authored by School of Business associate faculty member Dr. Jeff Kucharski. The paper titled Energy, Trade and Geopolitics in Asia: The Implications for Canada argues that given the current and future importance of the Indo-Pacific to Canada’s long-term trade relationships, the benefits Canada receives from the preservation of peace and security in that region are far in excess of the resources Canada has committed. The paper recommends that Canada set aside for now any intentions to negotiate a free trade agreement with China and concentrate on developing a plan to seize the opportunities presented by the Comprehensive and Progressive Transpacific Partnership (CPTPP) free trade agreement and to invest more resources in enhancing security relationships with our partners in the Indo-Pacific.