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China, Canada & the World: Bilateral Relations and Geopolitical Consequences

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GRI Webinar Series

Key topics included:

  • How will the pandemic shape China’s global role and reputation long-term?
  • What will the consequences be for the U.S.-China rivalry, and how will the world respond?
  • How will the Canada-China bilateral relationship evolve, and what might the consequences be for the existing diplomatic tensions, trade, technology policy, and people-people ties? What might the implications be of the recent ruling in the case of Meng Wanzhou?
  • What are the implications for Canadian investors and businesses in China, with respect to legal treatment, barriers-to-entry and long-term prospects?


The Global Risk Institute (GRI) hosted Margaret McCuaig-Johnston, Senior Fellow, Institute for Science, Society, and Policy at the University of Ottawa, as part of its webinar series, “Managing Risk Through and After the Pandemic.” The event focused on the geopolitical dynamics at play between China, Canada and the larger world. In her prepared remarks, Margaret spoke to:

  • China’s COVID-19 response and related controversies
  • The status of Canada-China bilateral relations, and current issues of interest and/or strain, including citizen detentions, human rights, social credit, and cyber security concerns
  • The experience of Canadian businesses in China, including joint ventures and technology transfers
  • Ongoing controversies stemming from changes to national security law in Hong Kong and implications for foreign companies like financial institutions

Topics raised in the question & answer period included:

  • The course of the U.S.-China relationship and its implications for Canada
  • Huawei and 5G telecommunications in Canada
  • The Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) and Chinese overseas investment
  • The long-term prospects for Canadian financial institutions in China


Margaret McCuaig-Johnston, Senior Fellow, Institute for Science, Society and Policy, University of Ottawa

Margaret McCuaig-Johnston

Senior Fellow, Institute for Science, Society and Policy, University of Ottawa
Senior Fellow, China Institute, University of Alberta
Distinguished Fellow, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada

Margaret McCuaig-Johnston is Senior Fellow in the Institute for Science, Society and Policy at the University of Ottawa where she is lecturing and writing on China’s innovation policies since 2013. In addition, she is a Senior Fellow at the China Institute of the University of Alberta where she has published research on China’s innovation system and Canada-China S&T relations. In 2018 she accepted an invitation to be a Distinguished Fellow of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada where she has published on China’s incubators for start-up companies, as well as Research Associate at the Center for China Innovation Research & Training at Duke University in Kunshan. Margaret is a former Executive Vice-President at the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and has served as an Assistant Deputy Minister at the federal Department of Finance and Natural Resources Canada. Margaret’s op-eds and interviews have been published in the Washington Post, the Washington Times, the Globe and Mail, the Vancouver Star, the Ottawa Citizen, the BBC, CBC, CTV, Global News, Bloomberg BNN, and Radio Free Asia among others.