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University of Alberta February 19-20, 2009 Organized by The China Institute at the University of Alberta Objectives: 2008 has been a tumultuous year for the global economy. Both Canada and China have been deeply affected. The Canadian economy is in recession. The Chinese economy has slowed and while many observers have been counting on China to lead the return to growth in the global economy in 2009, this is not a certainty. We will examine the consequences of China’s declining economy for China itself, but with an emphasis on China’s external linkages. We will then turn to an examination of who the impact of the changed international economic environment on Canada-China relations and a stockticking of Canada’s relations with China in the third year of a Conservative government. Format: This meeting, as was the case in January, 2008, is a small symposium session, by invitation only to 30-40 academics, policy makers and private sector participants. There will be no participation by the Chinese government and there will be no media present. Chatham House rules will apply. The report of the January, 2008 workshop will be distributed in advance of this workshop. There will be a welcoming reception and dinner with a keynote speaker on the evening of Thursday February 19th. The full day session on Friday February 20th will be followed by a networking session at the end of the afternoon. Panels will examine the several workshop themes. The agenda for the symposium follows.

AGENDA AND THEMES Thursday February 19, 2009 17:15-20:30 Group reception and dinner Faculty Club, 2nd Floor, Papaschase Room, University of Alberta 11435 Saskatchewan Drive Keynote Address followed by questions and answers His Excellency Lan Lijun, Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China Friday February 20, 2009 07:45-08:15 Registration (morning snacks and coffee) Stollery Centre, 5th floor, Room 5-40A School of Business, University of Alberta 08:15- 08:20 Opening Remarks Gordon Houlden, Director, China Institute, University of Alberta 08:20-09:20 Presentation, followed by Questions and Comments The Prospects for the China Economy in 2009 Mark Kruger, Financial Counsellor, Canadian Embassy, Beijing 09:20-10:30 Theme I: Chair: Panelists: The Implications of Slower Economic Growth For China Bernie Frolic, University of Toronto Jeremy Paltiel, Carleton University


Short Health Break


Canadian International Council Project on Canada-China Relations Chair: Panelists: Pitman Potter, University of British Columbia Brian Job, University of British Columbia Wenran Jiang, University of Alberta Jeremy Paltiel, Carleton University


Keynote Presentation, followed by questions and answers Comments on Canada-China Relations Honourable David Emerson

12:15- 13:15 13:15-14:45

Networking Luncheon Theme II: The Impact of China’s Changing Economic Circumstances on Canada-China Economic Relations Phil Calvert, Foreign Affairs & International Trade Sarah Kutulakos, Canada China Business Council Robert Kwauk, Blake, Cassels & Graydon, LLP

Chair: Panelists:

14:30-15:00 15:00-16:30

Short Health Break Theme III: Chair: Panelists: The Prospects for Future Canada China Political Relations TBC Charles Burton, Brock University Paul Evans, University of British Columbia David Fung, ACDEG Group of Companies


Wrap Up Wenran Jiang, China Institute, University of Alberta


Informal Reception 5th floor, Stollery Centre, School of Business

Contact information: Gordon Houlden Director China Institute, University of Alberta Tel. 780 248 1331 Fax. 780 492 8200 Email: Monica Barclay Assistant Director China Institute, University of Alberta Tel. 780 492 3131 Fax. 780 492 8200 Email:

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