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Canada-China Economic Forum VI: The prospects for the US-China Phase One Trade Deal and its impact on Canada


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Canada-China Economic Forum VI: The prospects for the US-China Phase One Trade Deal and its impact on Canada

This event will be hosted on virtually and the Zoom link will be emailed the day before the event date.


5:00pm - 8:00pm PST
8:00pm - 10:00pm EST

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The US and China signed the Phase One trade deal on January 15, 2020. How has the agreement been implemented? What is the impact of the trade deal on the US, China, and other countries such as Canada? What are the prospects for future trade agreements between the US and China and between Canada and China? The Optimal Valley Institute for Free Trade and SFU’s Jack Austin Center for Asia Pacific Business Studies are organizing the Sixth China-North America Economic Forum to discuss these and related issues.

The forum will feature five distinguished speakers from Canada, China, and the US.

Event Program:

Part 1 - Presentation - 60 minutes


  • Carlo Dade – Director of the Trade & Investment Centre, Canada West Foundation
  • David Dollar – Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
  • Martin Chorzempa – Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics
  • Runjuan Liu – Professor of Business Economics, University of Alberta
  • Maiojie Yu – Boya Professor of Economics, Peking University

Part 2 - Discussion and Q&A - 60 minutes


  • Bo Chen, Professor of Economics, Huazhong University of Science
  • Jing Li, Professor of International Business, Simon Fraser University, Canada
  • The speakers will comment on each other’s viewpoints and discuss and debate the US-China Phase One Trade Deal.
  • The speakers will answer the questions raised by participants.

About the Speakers:

Carlo Dade, Director of the Trade & Investment Centre, Canada West Foundation. As Director of the Trade & Investment Centre, Carlo Dade develops and leads research to promote growth and profitability in western Canada’s export economy. Carlo has a long history in international public policy most recently as honorary Senior Fellow in the University of Ottawa’s School of International Development and Global Studies. Carlo is a member of the Mexican Council on Foreign Relation at COMEXI and a Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.

David Dollar, Senior Fellow in the John L. Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution. Dollar is a leading expert on China's economy and US-China economic relations. From 2009 to 2013, Dollar was the US Treasury’s economic and financial emissary to China, facilitating the macroeconomic and financial policy dialogue between the United States and China. Dollar worked 20 years for the World Bank, serving as country director for China and Mongolia. His publications focus on economic reform in China, globalization, and economic growth.

Martin Chorzempa, Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. He gained expertise in financial innovation while in Germany as a Fulbright Scholar and researcher at the Association of German Banks. He conducted research on financial liberalization in Beijing, first as a Luce Scholar at Peking University’s China Center for Economic Research and then at the China Finance 40 Forum, China’s leading independent think tank. He has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, MIT Technology Review, and Foreign Affairs.

Runjuan Liu, Professor of Business Economics in the Alberta School of Business at the University of Alberta, Canada. Professor Liu studies the interaction between international trade, economic development, and labor market outcomes, with a focus on understanding the critical impacts of globalization on firms and workers. Her research has been published in top-tier journals such as Journal of International Economics, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Economic Geography, and Canadian Journal of Economics, among others.

Miaojie Yu, Boya Professor of Economics and Duty Dean, National School of Development at Peking University, China. Professor Yu is mainly devoted to the research on international trade and China’s economy. His work has been published in the top-tier journals such as the Economic Journal, Review of Economics & Statistics, Journal of International Economics. He is the world top 1% most cited author in Economics and Management. He is by far the only Chinese scholar who has won the Royal Economic Society Prize (the U.K.). He is also on the consultation board for the Ministry of Commerce of China.

Bo Chen received his Ph.D. degree in Economics from Simon Fraser University in 2008. Dr. Chen is the Chutian Professor of Economics and the Director of Optical Valley Institute on Free Trade Zone (FTZ). He is also a research associate of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Dr. Chen’s research interests are on International Economics, Economic Integration, and China’s Economy. He has published more than 20 academic papers on renowned peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of International Economics, Journal of Comparative Economics, Economics Letters, the World Economy.

Jing Li is Professor of International Business, Canada Research Chair in Global Investment Strategy, and the Co-director of the Jack Austin Center for Asia Pacific Business Studies at Simon Fraser University. She is a member of College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists at the Royal Society of Canada. Jing studies international investment strategies of firms, with a special focus on those from emerging markets.

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