The first free-trade agreement between China and Canada appears all but dead, derailed by a diplomatic dispute. Insofar as gains from trade are not realized, Canadian consumers and entrepreneurs will suffer. Despite the gravity of Beijing’s many wrongdoings, trade should …
Recently, China decided what goes around doesn’t have to come around—at least not around there. As 2017 came to and end, so did Chinese imports of most recyclables, leading to a tough time for Canadian recyclers. Not surprisingly, it also …
Canada is considering entering into a free trade agreement with China. Of course, there are issues surrounding that, including corruption, foreign takeovers and the rule of law generally. There is always the problem of China’s human rights record, which is a …
Constructing this pipeline could enable Canada to become a supplier to friendly Pacific nations such as South Korea, Japan and Taiwan
Aging population and gendercide, lest we forget.
“I’d like to think Vermont did better than many states, but much of the money ended up continuing bloated programs, sustaining government jobs or building solar cells in China.”
Aided by at least $43 million in assistance from the government of Massachusetts and an innovative solar energytechnology, Evergreen Solar emerged in the last three years as the third-largest maker of solar panels in the United States.
But now the company is closing its main American factory, laying off the 800 workers by the end of March and shifting production to a joint venture with a Chinese company in central China. Evergreen cited the much higher government support available in China.http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/15/business/energy-environment/15solar.html?_r=1&hp
I guess governments in Canada and the USA could counter this move by requiring projects receiving government support to be supplied by domestic suppliers as Ontario does under its Feed in Tariff program. The problem with that approach is that China is on the road to being the largest market for renewable energy systems, so manufacturers will be inclined to locate there to access their domestic market.
“The world press has been fixated on the “Beijing” traffic jam that lasted for nearly two weeks. There is a potential lesson here for the United States, which is that if traffic is allowed to far exceed roadway capacity, unprecedented traffic jams can occur.”
Generally, Chinese urban planning policies have been a substantial contributor to the nation’s rising wealth. It is to be hoped that the advice of the western planners will continue to be respectfully listened to and largely ignored.