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China’s Move Up the Value Chain: Implications for Canada

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China’s Move Up the Value Chain: Implications for Canada

Published: April 5, 2012

This paper is structured to provide the broad contours of a more deliberate strategy by Canada to economically engage with China. To this end, the paper provides an overview of trends on bilateral Canada-China trade and investment relations, followed by a discussion that locates the relative positions of Canadian and Chinese firms in global supply chains, with emphasis given to China’s increasing penetration into higher value-added activities. Two concrete policy areas are then used to highlight examples where Canada-China economic interests can strategically overlap. The conclusion offers some suggestions on Canada’s policy options in light of its status as a middle-power country.

This paper was published in a special edition of the Canadian Foreign Policy Journal, Vol. 18, No. 3, September 2012, p 319-339.

Author: Daniel Poon

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