Media Archive 2006

  • Ignore China at your economic peril

    January 12, 2007

    The Record WATERLOO (Jan 10, 2007) Some countries want to slay the dragon.Others try to ignore the dragon.Most want to lure the dragon.Wenran Jiang thinks Canada sh

  • If Trade With China Is Vital to Our Future, What is Harper up to

    December 12, 2006

    Edmonton Journal Wenran Jiang, director of the University of Alberta's new China Institute, questions Stephen Harper's actions of restricting certain kinds of foreign investment, including

  • Ottawa open to China in small doses; Resources Minister says investment should be limited to minority stakes

    November 30, 2006

    The Globe and Mail OTTAWA -- Natural Resources Minister Gary Lunn had a clear message for his hosts during a recent trip to Beijing Chinese investment in Canadian energy and natura

  • Flaherty defends plan to screen foreign takeovers

    November 29, 2006

    The Global and Mail OTTAWA -- Finance Minister Jim Flaherty reaffirmed his plan to "protect Canadian assets" against takeovers by some foreign state-owned companies yesterday, even a

  • Minister criticizes China's human rights record

    November 17, 2006

    The Global and Mail BEIJING A federal cabinet minister has pushed ahead with a critique of China's human rights record, despite suggestions that Beijing's resentment of such critic

  • Canadian-Chinese energy ties promoted

    November 17, 2006

    Business Edge Oilsands operators are missing out on lucrative Chinese investment opportunities because the Canadian oil and gas industry is not competitive with international rivals,

  • China, Africa forging closer ties

    November 10, 2006

    Globe and Mail BEIJING An unprecedented summit with 48 African countries has given a dramatic boost to China's ambitions for superpower status, fuelling its drive to challenge the

  • The savannah comes to Beijing as China hosts its new empire

    November 05, 2006

    The Guardian The most lavish party that China has thrown in more than 50 years got under way last night with high-pitched Peking opera, rhythmic African drumming and a gravity-defyin

  • China Courts Africa, Angling for Strategic Gains

    November 03, 2006

    New York Times BEIJING, Nov. 2 Billboards here show elephants and giraffes roaming the savanna. Traffic has been curtailed, construction sites shut down and even the sky has been t

  • China's Renewed Summit Diplomacy with Japan

    October 30, 2006

    October 25, 2006 Jamestown Foundation, China Brief, Volume 6 , Issue 21The five-year hiatus in Sino-Japanese summit-level relations ended earlier this month as Beijing rolled o

  • China Institute builds bridges

    October 30, 2006

    The University of Alberta celebrated the opening of its China Institute yesterday with a handful of university vice presidents from China, scores of dignitaries and the donors whose $37-million gift made the institute possible

  • Japan, China reach agreement over shrine

    October 06, 2006

    The Global and Mail BEIJING -- Japan and China have agreed to climb down from the peak of their political confrontation, reaching a tacit understanding to avoid public battles over t

  • China is job No.1 for Japanese PM

    September 29, 2006

    The Global and Mail BEIJING -- Japan's hawkish new Prime Minister, who took power yesterday, faces an uphill battle as he seeks rapprochement with China and South Korea while still pushing

  • China Rebukes 2 Officials Over Farm Seizures

    September 28, 2006

    Los Angeles Times BEIJING The Chinese government said Wednesday that it had disciplined two officials for illegally seizing farmland, two days after it removed the party chief of Shangha

  • Many Questions for Koizumi's Successor

    September 23, 2006

    BusinessWeek Online Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe just celebrated his 52nd birthday. And he could not have wished for a better present: The Liberal Democratic Party, which ha

  • Local MLA off to Arkansas to discuss oilpatch issues

    September 22, 2006

    Daily Herald-Tribune Grande Prairie-Smoky MLA Mel Knight is in the United States this week trying to ease American worries that Alberta is allowing China to invest too much in the province's oil devel

  • The changing hues of China

    September 18, 2006

    Oilweek MagazineIf capitalism were known by the colour purple, China today would be called Purple China. Its government may still act under the vestiges of Communist ideology, but its economy is rapid

  • Time Running Out

    September 18, 2006

    The TimesYou could almost hear the clock ticking last week as diplomats scrambled to find a solution to end the killing in Darfur, western Sudan. In late August, the United Nations Security Council pa

  • A History Lesson for Koizumi

    August 19, 2006

    Project SyndicateOnce again, protests against Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumis annual visit to the Yasukuni shrine are breaking out in China as well as South Korea. Koizumis insistence on

  • CHINA AND JAPAN: RECONCILIATION OR CONFRONTATION

    August 16, 2006

    Jamestown Foundation, China Brief, Volume 6, Issue 17 Openly defiant of the mounting domestic opposition, the strong protests from Beijing and Seoul and the growing criticism of international opinion,

  • Beijing hopes visits to the shrine will be a thing of the past

    August 16, 2006

    South China Morning PostDespite a harsh reaction to Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's visit yesterday to the Yasukuni Shrine on the 61st anniversary of Japan's surrender in the second world war, anal

  • China's Party All Aglow, but May Be Blinkered

    July 16, 2006

    Los Angeles TimesThe membership of the monopoly Communist Party that rules China is more idealistic, accomplished, creative, capable, earnest and truth-seeking than before, has greater faith, boasts i

  • Traders controlling oil price: U.S. energy secretary

    July 16, 2006

    CANADIAN PRESSCALGARY (CP) The world's oil suppliers have lost control of the markets, ceding that power to traders and giving rise to greater volatility in crude prices, U.S. Energy Secretary Samue

  • China Isn't Desperate For Canadian Oil, Specialist Suggests

    July 10, 2006

    The Daily Oil BulletinEasier access to oil elsewhere in the world may explain why China has so far failed to become a significant player in Canada's oilsands, says a China specialist.China is a signif

  • China wants nothing less than equity stake in oilsands

    July 07, 2006

    Calgary HeraldCALGARY -- China is getting a frosty reception in its bid to become a major player in Alberta's oilsands, officials from the country's state-owned oil company said Thursday.Song Yiwu, vi

  • China's Booming Energy Relations With Africa

    June 21, 2006

    Jamestown Foundation, China BriefWith continuous economic growth averaging an astonishing annual rate of 10 percent over the past quarter century, China has transformed its landscape, become one of th

  • The Dirty Secret of China's Economy

    June 16, 2006

    BusinessWeek onlineThe mainland's rapid growth has only worsened its environmental problems, and the government expects pollution to quadruple by 2020The 2008 Beijing Olympics is being billed as one o

  • China Looks Beyond Koizumi in its Japan Diplomacy

    June 07, 2006

    Volume 6, Issue 12 (June 07, 2006)China Brief, Jamestown FoundationJapanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi is reportedly preparing for another visit to the Yasukuni Shrine where World War II war cri

  • Alberta-China research lab receives $500,000 boost

    June 04, 2006

    New funding for a joint research venture between the University of Alberta and Chinas Ministry of Science and Technology hopes to accelerate scientific breakthroughs in Alberta and China.

  • Ministry to handle energy challenges

    June 02, 2006

    China DailyThe government's think-tank and the World Bank have both recommended China set up a cabinet ministry to oversee energy security.The Development Research Centre of the State Council and th

  • East Asia's Troubled Waters

    May 07, 2006

    Bangkokpost.comEdmonton, Canada: According to unconfirmed Japanese press reports, a Chinese deep-sea drilling platform in East China Sea has started pumping natural gas. The move rang alarm bells in J

  • CHINA: New rules 'aimed at tightening local media'

    April 19, 2006

    Straits TimesBeijing --- A recent spate of media rules aimed at cleaning up and filtering out foreign influences from local news and entertainment content, signals a progressive tightening of China's

  • Watchful and Wary: China's Hu Visits Bush

    April 14, 2006

    BusinessWeek OnlineChinese President Hu Jintao's Apr. 20 visit to the United States has generated much discussion about the present and future state of U.S.-China relations. Critics charge that it's a

  • Pressure point The row over press freedom on the mainland has given a rare insight into divisions in the Communist Party over the issue, writes Benjamin Robertson

    February 27, 2006

    South China Morning PostThe sudden revival of controversial mainland publication Bingdian Weekly late last week caps a dramatic seven days for Chinese journalism. It has also illuminated rarely seen d

  • Albertans prepare for Chinese New Year: Rigorous house cleaning -- along with family visits and gifts of money -- helps keep traditions alive

    February 27, 2006

    Calgary HeraldMany Chinese Canadians in Alberta have been busy cleaning their homes or calling in the maid service in the past few days. Others were out shopping for bags of glittery material, r

  • Farmers take fight to Internet arena

    February 27, 2006

    Straits Times When appeals to the authorities over land grabs went unheeded, farmers picked up the video camera. China Bureau Chief Chua Chin Hon visited the south to see how they are using the media

  • Is Beijing Greedy for Oil

    February 27, 2006

    BusinessWeek Online, Asia InsightWestern countries are quick to blame China's growing energy needs for rising prices. Instead, they should try to capitalize on it with new solutions.China's growing ap

  • Rural unrest not near any 'tipping point'

    February 25, 2006

    Straits TimesDONGZHOUKENG (GUANGDONG) - JUST how worrisome is the spike in rural unrest for China's overall stability For now, experts do not think the country is close to any 'tipping po

  • Land rights and graft a thorny issue

    February 25, 2006

    Straits TimesBEIJING - THE growing rights movement among Chinese peasants stems from China's ambiguous and frequently abused land ownership-acquisition policies. Under China's collective o

  • China: threat or victim of U.S. fuels policy: Washington accused of manipulating oil markets to slow pace of modernization

    February 22, 2006

    Edmonton JournalChina's growing appetite for energy has caused widespread concern around the world. The Middle Kingdom is blamed for the sharp increase in global oil prices in the past few

  • Are Chinese media reforms on ice

    February 14, 2006

    AljazeeraWhile raising speculation that the Chinese government is reeling in the press at a time of growing social unrest, the closing of a popular magazine may be part of a protracted battle over the

  • The world's energy reserves: Where the buffalo roam...

    February 10, 2006

    The Independence Online EditionAs the world hunts for the next great oil boom it is looking not to Saudi Arabia, but to Canada.The province of Alberta in the country's west is sitting on the world's s

  • Energy reshapes China's priorities

    February 09, 2006

    Seattel TimesChina may have failed in its bid to acquire U.S.-based Unocal last summer, but just north of the border it has found a new partner in energy-rich Canada.To meet its soaring demand for ene

  • Ignoring China's energy needs risky: expert

    February 02, 2006

    Business EdgeCanada needn't fret about China breathing down its neck for energy riches - in fact, Canadian oil, nuclear and renewable-energy players ought to be doing more to fuel the dragon's fire, a

  • Social Costs of China's Prosperity

    January 23, 2006

    The StandardChina continues to impress the world with its high GDP growth, staggering trading volumes and surging consumption appetite. Most figures out of Beijing look remarkable, indicating a moment

  • Alberta-China research lab receives $500,000 boost

    January 23, 2006

    New funding for a joint research venture between the University of Alberta and Chinas Ministry of Science and Technology hopes to accelerate scientific breakthroughs in Alberta and China.

  • China Making Big Oil Moves

    January 23, 2006

    Los Angeles TimesSHANGHAI Anyone who thought China's global quest for oil would be slowed by its failed attempt to acquire Unocal last summer should think again.In recent months, Chinese oil compani

  • THE DYNAMICS OF CHINAS SOCIAL CRISIS

    January 20, 2006

    The Jamestown Foundation, China Brief, Vol.6, Issue 2China continues to impress the world with its high GDP growth, staggering trading volumes and surging consumption appetite. Most figures out of Bei