Asia Pacific

Covering all issues relating to the Asia Pacific region and how they affect Vancouver, British Columbia and Canada

Trudeau thanks Taiwan for surgical-mask donation; declines to criticize Chinese COVID response

Prime minister Justin Trudeau officially thanked Taiwan on its gift of 500,000 surgical masks to Canada on Friday - a day after federal foreign affairs minister Francois-Philippe Champagne declined...

How Asia reopened after COVID, #5: Japan's fight highlights potential harm of domestic travel

With B.C. now looking at a potential slow opening of the economy as soon as mid-May after the COVID-19 outbreak peaks, what may the path forward look like - and what are the potential pitfalls? As...

How Asia reopened after COVID, #4: Taiwan remains top performer despite loophole threat

With B.C. now looking at a potential slow opening of the economy as soon as mid-May after the COVID-19 outbreak peaks, what may the path forward look like - and what are the potential pitfalls? As...

B.C.'s road to recovery: Canada looks for access inroads in China’s reopening

U.S.-China deal could put Canadian agricultural exporters at a big disadvantage

How Asia reopened after COVID, #3: China leverages mobile platforms, mobility control

With B.C. now looking at a potential slow opening of the economy as soon as mid-May after the COVID-19 outbreak peaks, what may the path forward look like - and what are the potential pitfalls? As...

China ramps up PPE export restrictions again; requires importers to guarantee quality

Chinese authorities have again added non-tariff barriers to the export of medical PPEs abroad, possibly making such goods less accessible and more expensive for Canadian medical professionals in...

How Asia reopened after COVID, #2: South Korea leans on tech tracking, MERS experience

With B.C. now looking at a potential slow opening of the economy as soon as mid-May after the COVID-19 outbreak peaks, what may the path forward look like - and what are the potential pitfalls? As...

How Asia reopened after COVID, #1: Singapore struggles with inequality-driven second wave

With B.C. now looking at a potential slow opening of the economy as soon as mid-May after the COVID-19 outbreak peaks, what may the path forward look like - and what are the potential pitfalls? As...

Canada unlikely to pick up business from Japan's shift away from China

The idea that Canada could stand to gain some business and investment from Japan as it encourages its companies to shift supply chains away from China due to COVID-19 is not a realistic scenario,...

Ottawa not following lead of France, UK in criticizing China's handling of COVID outbreak

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau dismissed the importance of commenting on sudden and dramatic changes to China’s COVID-19 death toll on Friday, saying Ottawa’s current focus is getting issues...