Canada-China trade pioneer urges focus on Far East

When it comes to Canada’s relationship with China, few Canadian officials are as knowledgeable or experienced as former senator and federal minister Jack Austin. The former minister of state under...

Local tourism explores ‘China-readiness’

Vancouver can expect to see an abnormally high number of Chinese visitors in 2018, tourism officials say, as China and Canada ramp up efforts to promote the official year of travel between the two...

Entrepreneur tastes success with food-delivery app

Most university students who are two terms away from graduation are usually focused on their final few months of school and finding a job, not starting a company from scratch. But Randy Wu isn’t like...

Migrants booted from Beijing

The Communist Party of China has always had a vigorous attitude towards town planning and social engineering in general. According to a story in Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post newspaper, the...

Secret fund comes to light in Japan

For decades Japan’s chief cabinet secretary, a far more politically potent position than the name implies, has had at his disposal a secret fund to tap when instantly available money is needed. A...

Hobson’s choice dogs opposition in Cambodia

Hun Sen has ruled Cambodia since 1985 and has never allowed election results, however inconvenient, to stand in the way of that continuing. He was originally handed control of the government after...

Indian, South Korean governments bite into Bitcoin

Tax collectors in India and South Korea are attempting to come to grips with how the state gets its share of cryptocurrency transactions. In India there are estimated to be an additional 200,000...

Rapid transit to span Malaysia-Singapore border

Singapore and Malaysia are taking a small step in the eventual integration of Southeast Asia’s economies with the building of a cross-border rapid transit system. About 300,000 pedestrians and...

East scrambles to regroup after U.S. goes AWOL

The Far East and Southeast Asia are looking more risky and uncertain as places to do business and target investment than they have for a quarter of a century. This reality has been building for...

Canada signs on to Trans-Pacific Partnership 2.0

Canada has reached an agreement with 10 other nations on a revised Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a move that will likely strengthen Ottawa’s hand in its ongoing North American Free Trade Agreement...