Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives

The Thai Election

28 March 2019 | A CAPI Asia Update on the first Thai general election in eight years

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Growth and Poverty Under Neo-liberalism

28 March 2019 with Prabhat Patnaik (Jawaharlal Nehru University)

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A Theory of Imperialism

29 March 2019 with Prabhat Patnaik (Jawaharlal Nehru University), Jutta Gutberlet (UVic Geography) and William Carroll (UVic Sociology)

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New CAPI Report 

The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement: Implications for Canada


The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA), signed in 2015, is the first FTA between China and a major western economy. It is a significant achievement that expands market access for Australian companies and has the potential to enhance Australia’s competitive edge in China. But it also has its shortcomings. 

In this new report, CAPI Senior Research Fellow and former Canadian Ambassador Phil Calvert lays out the issues and implications as Canada considers its own trade agreement options with China. He cautions that free trade with China should be approached carefully and that alternatives to a standard, comprehensive agreement should be considered, especially given the significant gaps in the rule of law in China that China has demonstrated in its response to the Huawei case.

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30 years of bridging the Pacific

The Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives is located at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. Our team conducts research on policy issues and builds relationships with universities and civil society organizations in the region. We hold international conferences and events and act as a resource facility for the university and the wider community on this important and diverse part of the world. Read more.

Featured video

A video montage of some of our student interns and partners across the Asia-Pacific and Africa in celebration of our 30th anniversary (thanks to Eli Meadow Ramraj for the editing).
Dennis Gupa is a PhD student with UVic's Applied Theatre Department. Here he reports on his work in his native Philippines, which has been partially supported through a CAPI Student Research Fellowship.

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