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Beyond the basics: Taking Canada–China collaboration to the next level

By Paul Davidson      

Compared to countries like the U.S., New Zealand, and the U.K., Canada isn’t as familiar with the diversity of Asian cultures. We don’t have as deep a knowledge of Asia’s economies, societies, and political systems. We don’t have as many students who can speak Asian languages. For Canada to better partner with China, to lay the groundwork for future academic, economic and trade partnerships, we need to close that gap.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau chats with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during Mr. Keqiang's visit to Ottawa last year. In advance of Mr. Trudeau's second trip as prime minister to China next week, Universities Canada president Paul Davidson says strengthening the Canada-China relationship starts with academia and research. The Hill Times file photograph

This century, the challenges facing any one nation are more often than not challenges faced by all. Aging populations, climate change, the unknown implications of technological advancements—these are global phenomena that demand, if not a fully collective response, at least a response that takes full advantage of collective knowledge. Put simply, collaboration is critical.

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