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    Canada should deepen ties with with China: trade expert

    Even without a China free-trade deal, there is plenty to work on

    OTTAWA a�� Even without a Chinese-Canadian free trade deal, the federal government should be deepening its business relationship with the rapidly expanding Asian economy on multiple fronts, says a global expert tapped by Ottawa to help lift Canadaa��s lacklustre growth. Dominic Barton, chairman of the Liberal governmenta��s hand-picked council of economic advisers, spoke to The Canadian Press about the countrya��s opportunities to do more business in China a�� and with its emerging middle class a�� in the absence of a free trade agreement.

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is getting ready to travel to China next week for a week-long visit that will include bilateral talks and the G20 leadersa�� summit. Although Trudeau has said he wants to expand trade with the worlda��s second-biggest economy, an actual free trade deal could still be years away amid concerns in Canada over human rights in China. For its part, China has repeatedly said it wants a free-trade agreement with Canada. Barton, a sought-after expert who travels the globe helping presidents, governments and big corporations with economic strategy, supports a trade deal with China because it would give a a�?pretty significanta�? boost to Canadian exports. But until then a�� if that day arrives a�� Canada has many options to help fuel its weak growth by taking a more proactive business approach with China, added Barton, the global managing director of consulting company McKinsey & Co. a�?We need it,a�? Barton said of a free trade deal. a�?Therea��s obviously politics that have to be looked at and how Canadians feela��. But I think therea��s a lot that could be done to prepare behind the scenes.a�? Barton, a Canadian who spent years working in China and across Asia, recommended Canada get moving in a range of areas when it comes to China, its second-largest trading partner. He said opportunities include everything from financial and health-care services to agri-food trade, from a co-ordinated effort to entice Chinese students to study at Canadian universities to finding new ways to help small and medium businesses tap into Chinaa��s vast market through e-commerce. Barton also said Ottawa should proactively encourage China to make capital investments in Canada a�� an approach that would be more politically acceptable than wholesale takeovers of Canadian firms by Chinese state-owned enterprises, which have proved highly controversial in the past. For example, he predicted food demands from Chinaa��s middle class would grow in the coming years, which could lead to the expansion of Canadaa��s rail network. Barton said China could invest capital in related equipment, such as rail cars. a�?I think that part is not talked about a lot, but I actually think that part is more significant than the company-takeover-type operation,a�? said Barton, who suggested Canada create an agency dedicated to attracting foreign direct investment. Barton explored more ideas:

    • Work harder to attract Chinese students, who pay higher tuition rates, to Canadian universities. a�?Could we have a more-co-ordinated approach across the universities to say, a�?Leta��s get more than our fair sharea��?a�?
    • Help Canadaa��s small and medium firms access the Chinese market. For example, Barton said he hopes Canadian companies can one day plug in to China through e-commerce giant Alibaba, which has Canadian Michael Evans as its president.
    • Promote Canadaa��s research and development. He said Canada could establish tech clusters, maybe around clean energy, that could bring in Chinese investment money or venture capital.

    On balancing human rights concerns with business potential, Barton argued Canada would wield more influence in Beijing with closer economic links. a�?I think ita��s very difficult to admonish people with no relationship because ita��s kind of like, a�?Why should I listen to you?a�� a�? he said. a�?I think therea��s a very natural role for Canada to play in helping guide, gently suggest, shift. But I think to do that you have to have a ticket to the gamea�� ita��s not about chucking our values out the side of the door just to do business.a�? Trudeau told a news conference Monday in Sudbury, Ont., that he intends to pursue business opportunities with China and voice his concerns during next weeka��s visit. a�?What we want to do is set a very clear and constructive relationship with China that, yes, looks at the potential economic benefits of better trade relationships, while at the same time ensuring that our voice is heard clearly on issues of human rights, of labour rights, of democracy, of environmental stewardship,a�? he said.

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    Despite new tax, Chinaa��s interest in Canada remains strong

    Despite a new 15% tax on foreign property buyers in Vancouver, Canada will continue to attract Chinese investment, especially in agribusiness and tourism.

    On August 2nd, the provincial government of British Columbia introduced a 15% property transfer tax on foreign buyers in an effort to quell the red-hot housing market. The levy only applies to Metro Vancouver, which sees 75% of the provincea��s foreign investment. The majority of said investment comes from China, with foreign money overheating the sector and causing instability. Opponents of the new tax say it contravenes NAFTA agreements, as well as deals with China and 27 other nations. The BC government in turn maintains that it is within its rights to correct an overvalued sector that threatens local sustainability.

    Vancouvera��s home prices have increased by 172% in fifteen years, while incomes have only increased by 10%. Indeed, prices have increased by 38% in the past twelve months alone, with average house prices rising to CAD $946,945. Local realtors, are unsurprisingly, hostile to the new tax, claiming that at least 427 deals worth around $404 million are likely to collapse as a result of the new levy.

    The dilemma facing Canada is how to prevent the housing bubble from bursting, while continuing to encourage foreign investment. The housing sector is presently one of the main drivers (for better or for worse) of the Canadian economy. At 165%, Canada has the highest debt-to-income ratio in the G7 (80% of which are mortgages). The U.S at the height of the 2008 housing crisis only had 147%.


    China is aware of this risk, and while it acknowledges the role Chinese investment is playing, it is also beginning to warn investors of the risk in the Canadian housing market. Coming just a few days after the implementation of the 15% tax, warnings in the Chinese media are no coincidence.

    Local and national reservations regarding Chinese influence and investment have spurred the implementation of this new tax, yet Sino-Canadian relations remain strong and will be unaffected by these developments. Indeed, 19% of Vancouvera��s population is of Chinese descent, many of whom expressed their support for the new law. Consequently, claims that this measure will torpedo Chinese investment are overblown, as investors will likely seek out other, cheaper housing markets across Canada. Moreover, Chinese demand for all things Canadian remains strong, with new opportunities in agribusiness and tourism.

    Canadian product profiles continue to rise in China

    Food safety and pollution scandals, combined with Chinaa��s growing middle and upper classes, has led Chinese consumers to value foreign foodstuffs. Canadaa��s ecological record and transparency benefit it when doing business in China. The fact that many Chinese associate blue skies, verdant forests, and clean water with Canada, gives Ottawa considerable soft power with which to promote its products.

    Alongside Canadian staples like maple syrup and whiskey, China is developing a taste for Canadian ice wine, beef, and seafood. Canada controls 90% of the global ice wine market, and China accounts for 48% of global consumption. Demand from China has established Canadian ice wine as a sought after luxury, propelling Canadian wine exports from virtually zero to eight figure levels in a few short years. The wine is so popular that producers regularly run out of stock, and are having to contend with Chinese counterfeits as demand continues to rise.


    Similarly, Chinese consumers are turning to Canadian fisheries, and lobster in particular; giving a boost to economically depressed Atlantic provinces. Peter Hall, chief economist at Export Development Canada notes that a�?the Chinese middle class is growing by the Canadian population every year. There is an exponential increase in demand for lobster in China.a�?

    For instance, the province of Nova Scotia saw a 16% increase in the value of fish and farm products in Q1 2016, largely due to Chinese demand. Overall, sector growth is slated for 9% for 2016 and 5% in 2017. Hall goes on to note Nova Scotiaa��s rapid industry growth: a�?raw fishing products exported to China have gone from almost nothing ten years ago to a CAD $100 million business. When you add processing thata��s another CAD $100 million.a�?

    That said, not everything is smooth sailing for Canadian exports to China, as Beijing recently announced that it would be increasing inspection standards for canola. As the worlda��s largest canola producer, $1.5 billion worth of Canadian exports to China are at risk. Recent talks to resolve the issue have failed to produce any results, yet are slated to continue as Prime Minister Trudeau is expected to visit before the September G20 meeting. Trudeau has pledged to increase trade with China, a move aimed to repair the fraught relations seen during the previous China-skeptical Harper administration.

    Tourism is Canadaa��s brightest spot

    Despite cool relations with the previous Canadian government, Beijing has boosted the Canadian tourism industry, a trend which has picked up steam in the last couple years. Canadian hospitality, combined with its natural beauty are key draws for Chinese tourists. Canadaa��s multicultural makeup also facilitates greater tourism from China, as Chinese Canadians constituted 4.53% of the population (2011 Census) a�� compared to 1.2% for the U.S. This simplifies language and cultural issues, builds on existing connections, decreases prejudice, and facilitates a greater understanding of the spending habits of Chinese tourists.

    Canada even has a�� despite being farther away a�� a higher proportion of Chinese residents than Australia (4%) a�� a testament to Canadian openness and cosmopolitanism. This number will be markedly higher for the 2016 census, and these ethno-cultural links, combined with a low Canadian dollar, provide many opportunities to strengthen tourism links.

    China granted Canada approved destination status in 2010, and China is on track to overtake France as Canadaa��s third largest tourist source country, (after the U.S and UK). Canada already has ten visa offices in China, and on August 10th Canada expressed its interest to increase this number, with new offices in Nanjing, Chengdu, Wuhan, Jinan, and Shenyang.

    Canadaa��s immigration minister John McCallum has also expressed Ottawaa��s wish to increase immigration from China; citing Canadaa��s interest in skilled workers, as well as more international students.

    Since it gained approved destination status, Canada has seen a sharp increase in the number of multiple entry visas issued: from 27,709 in 2010 to 390,290 in 2015. 2015 also saw a record 594,897 temporary resident visa applications from China, an indication of Chinese interest in Canada, as well as a 95% increase in Chinese international students in Canada between 2010 and 2015.


    With regards to general tourism, the numbers are also pointing to encouraging trends, something especially important in an otherwise sluggish economy. The latest tourism numbers (Jan a�� May) show 169,774 visitors from China, 26,261 from Taiwan, and 47,333 from Hong Kong. While the year-on-year rate for Hong Kong is essentially flat at -0.5%, Chinese and Taiwanese tourists numbers have increased 16.2% and 27.9% respectively.

    Overall, 2014 saw 661,759 tourists from the three sources listed above, while 2015 saw a substantial increase to 716,279. Growing tourist numbers from China have helped propel the Canadian tourism sector to 1.94% of GDP, surpassing more traditional industries such as mining, agriculture, forestry, telecom, and motor vehicle / parts manufacturing.

    Canada has the demographic, economic, cultural, and environmental assets to become a leading destination for Chinese investment and tourism. The relationship has come full circle as China is now enlisting Canadian help in its own efforts to welcome the world for the 2022 Winter Games. Beijing has called on Canadian expertise to provide it with rinks and equipment, as well as training for Chinaa��s nascent hockey scene. Chinaa��s mena��s hockey team is currently ranked 37th, and Beijing is seeking help from the homeland of hockey to improve its chances. Indeed, several Chinese youngsters are on their way to play in Canadian junior leagues: Canadaa��s first tourism campaign in China in 2011 was called a�?Say hello to Canadaa�? a�� a greeting that garnered an enthusiastic reply.

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    UnionPay Comes To North America With Merchants Now Accepting QuickPass In Canada

    UnionPay International announced on Tuesday (Aug. 16) that several daily-spending merchants in Canada will start accepting UnionPay mobile QuickPass, marking the debut of the service in North America. Before its entrance into Canada, UnionPay mobile QuickPass was accepted at over 220,000 POS terminals in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore and Australia.

    In a press release,A�UnionPay InternationalA�said the merchants that are now accepting mobile QuickPass are largely restaurants, hotels, retail outlets, supermarkets and convenient stores. Consumers can pay with their UnionPay QuickPass chip cards or mobile QuickPass-enabled smartphones at the contactless terminals in these merchants. If the customer is paying less than C$100, there is no signature required when paying with a UnionPay debit card. No PIN or signature is required when paying less than C$100 using a UnionPay credit card. The company said it is in accordance with international practice to set a cap on micropayment for contactless payment, and it helps ensure card-using security. a�?Over 85 percent of the local ATMs and more than 70,000 merchants accept UnionPay cards, and dozens of the local educational institutions support cross-border online tuition payment via UnionPay cards,a�? the company said in the press release. a�?Now, UnionPay cards are accepted both online and offline in Canada.a�? Based on the most recent data available, UnionPay said over 2 billion UnionPay chip cards have been issued worldwide, and over 7 million point-of-sale terminals around the globe support mobile QuickPass.

    Australia has the largest number of QuickPass-accepting terminals, and in Macau, UnionPay is the most widely used international payment brand in terms of contactless payment, the company said. In May,A�Visa struck a new deal with UnionPay through a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on three key areas in the financial ecosystem:A�payments security, innovation and financial inclusion. The deal, which was signed by Shi Wenchao, president of China UnionPay, and Visa CEO Charlie Scharf, aims to provide a platform for the two payments networks to come together to a�?strengthen and create new value for the bank card ecosystem benefiting consumers, merchants, financial institutions and technology partners,a�? according to a release.

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    HOURS: Full-time

    REPORT TO:A�Executive Director

    Work Location:A�CCS Pudong Center, with 2 days per month in Hongqiao and Minhang Centers


    • Collaborate with Executive Director and Operations Director to set and implement strategies for CCS vision and mission
    • Successfully build and promote CCS brand by providing sound, innovative, strategic leadership, and initiatives to marketing team
    • Develop marketing and communication plans to support all Community Center Units


    Strategic marketing

    • Clarify Community Center Shanghaia��s primary value propositions and develop strategies to support its mission and branding
    • Work in close partnership with the Executive Director to attend relevant community eventsto identify potential new business opportunities, and develop plans and action steps to secure such businesses

    A�Business Development

    • Manage Marketing Communication Team budget
    • Provide strong leadership
    • Build and support a strong strategically focused Marketing Team
    • Ensure clear, timely, and consistent brand appropriate messages in all communications to the external audience
    • Oversee the execution of ad, sponsorship, and partnership agreements in a timely and well-executed manner
    • Communicate on a weekly basis with other Community Service Unit Managers to collect updates, assess needs, and create a marketing and communication plan


    • Strong desire to serve the community
    • Demonstrated ability to effectively educate, develop, lead, and manage direct reports
    • Organized and detailed oriented with strong execution and implementation skills
    • Excellent English writing, communication, and interpersonal skills. Mandarin knowledge a plus but not required
    • Ability to collaborate well with other departments and outside clients
    • Knowledge of social media and local English language media
    • Computer proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
    • Bachelora��s Degree or above with minimum 3 -5 years marketing experience desired

    HOW TO APPLY: Please email a CV and cover letter to: