The detention of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou by Canadian authorities at the request of the United States in December 2018, with the subsequent retaliatory arrest of two Canadians by China, have triggered an unprecedented diplomatic crisis between Canada and China. Relations between our two countries are at an impasse, with no clear resolution in sight. At the same time, Canada looks on while a tariff fight between the United States and China that threatens the future of the multilateral trading system appears to deepen. Embedded in this trade war is a technology competition where the US is determined to preserve its lead against a Chinese industrial strategy judged to be predatory. In this connection, Canada faces on-going pressure from the Trump administration and some other “Five-eye” partners to ban Huawei’s 5G network in Canada.
While public debates are intensifying on how to engage China in general and how to deal with Huawei in particular, the federal government has not articulated a clear, strategic policy towards China. No decision on the future involvement of Huawei in 5G network development in Canada has yet been announced and the government’s efforts to enlist international allies to help secure the release of the imprisoned Canadians has not had an noticeable effect.
This one-day conference is an effort at public and private engagement efforts by a large group of Canada’s leading China experts and institutions to raise awareness of what is at stake for Canada and to try to think through the important public policy challenges presented by the current state of Canada-China relations
Key questions to be addressed :
– The rise of China: its global economic and high tech ambitions? What should the Canadian response be?
– The dynamics of the current bilateral diplomatic crisis and likely solutions- What is to be done?
– Canadian public perceptions and discourse on China. What factors need to be considered in our
understanding of China today?
– How can tensions raised by the arrest of Meng Wanzhou be best addressed and resolved?
– The fate of Huawei and Canada’s next generation 5G communications network? How do we
arrive at the right decision?