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Chinese Minister of Commerce Chen Deming addressed the Toronto business community at the Canada China Business Council on Sept. 25, 2012, after unveiling a plaque celebrating the inauguration of the Canada Chinese Chamber of Commerce.
Chinese Minister of Commerce Chen Deming addressed the Toronto business community at the Canada China Business Council on Sept. 25, 2012, after unveiling a plaque celebrating the inauguration of the Canada Chinese Chamber of Commerce.
(Peter Power/The Globe and Mail)

What’s behind Canadian reluctance to do business in Asia?

Canadians who aren’t in the business of peddling natural resources are often demonized for their reluctance to embrace all those wonderful business opportunities in China and other promising emerging Asian countries.

In fact, if the latest national sounding is anything to go by, we are growing ever more leery of these fast-growing markets, even as our preferred traditional partners, the U.S. and Western Europe, continue to stumble along the rock-strewn path to economic recovery.