Former resident offers insight into Canada-China trade

A new branch of the Canadian International Council has been established in Prince George and the newly organized group is offering an opportunity to hear guest speaker Phil Calvert give a talk called Canada-China Trade in a Shifting Global Environment on Friday, Oct. 23.

This is a free, online event.

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Calvert will discuss Canada-China relations being at a low point while China-US tensions mount and address what kind of a trade relationship Canada should aspire to have with Xi Jinping’s China.  

Calvert will explore short-term and long-term challenges, global influences and what approaches Canada should consider. 

Calvert grew up in Prince George and 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. At Global Affairs Canada, Calvert 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. He is a senior research fellow at the Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives at the University of Victoria and a senior fellow at the China Institute at the University of Alberta. He has a Ph.D in Chinese history from the University of Washington.

The talk is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 23 from noon to 1:30 p.m. To sign up for this free online event, visit

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