Yuen Pau Woo
President and CEO, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
Mr. Yuen Pau Woo is President and CEO of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. A thought-leader on contemporary Asia and Canada-Asia relations, Mr. Woo is an advisor to the Shanghai WTO Affairs Consultation Centre and the Canadian Ditchley Foundation. He is also on the Global Council of the Asia Society in New York, a member of the Greater Vancouver Advisory Board for the Salvation Army, and a board member of the Mosaic Institute. He is widely published and is a frequent contributor to national and international media. Since 2006, Mr. Woo has been coordinator of the State of the Region Report, the flagship publication of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC).
It comes as welcome news that Prime Minister Harper will visit Beijing next month. Harper should use the opportunity to signal his version of a "pivot" to Asia -- without the overtones of geopolitical positioning that invariably accompany U.S. foreign policy. An excellent way to do so would be to propose a Free Trade Agreement with China.
Asia matters to Canada more than ever -- it's arguably the single biggest priority in Canadian foreign policy next to U.S. relations.
05/26/2011 11:21 EDT
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