The event focused on China's growing role in the global competition for commodities and its impact on foreign investment policy, trade policy, environmental issues, currency fluctuations, and strategic calculations in both the United States and Canada. Panelists broached not just the trade and business dimension of North America-China relations, but broadened the debate to include economic and strategic considerations as well. The underlying question was whether there is scope for the United States and Canada to pursue a common strategic approach in managing their relations with China.

Welcoming Remarks - 8:30a.m.
David Biette, Director, Canada Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center

Presentation of Ipsos-Reid Poll Results - 8:45a.m.
Darrell Bricker, President and Chief Operating Officer, Ipsos-Reid Public Affairs North America
Ipsos-Reid has published the findings of its Public Opinion Survey of Canadians and Americans about China , along with tables containing the detailed results of the poll.

Panel Discussion - 9:00a.m.
CHAIR: Edward Greenspon, Editor-in-Chief, The Globe and Mail

W. David Menzie
Chief of the International Minerals Section, Minerals Information Team, U.S. Geological Survey
"An Overview of Global Activity in Natural Resource Commodities"
Hon. C. Richard D'Amato,
Chairman, U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission
"U.S. Policy Response to Changing Dynamics in the Strategic Resource Market"
Patricia Mohr
V.P. Economics, Industry and Commodity Market Research,
The Scotiabank Group, Toronto
"China Drives Second Most Powerful Upswing in Commodity Prices in the Post-World War II Era -- Benefiting Canada's Resource Industries"
Glen Hodgson
Vice-President and Chief Economist, the Conference Board of Canada
"Developing Policy to Define Canada's Role in China's Supply Chain"
Harry Harding
Dean, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University
"The Evolving Relationship Between the United States and China"

COMMENTATOR: Kent Hughes, Director, Program on Science, Technology, America and the Global Economy, Woodrow Wilson Center

On June 9, 2005, Dave Menzie and Patricia Mohr discussed China's insatiable demand for commodities on Report on Business Television's Squeeze Play with hosts Libby Znaimer and Kevin O'Leary. To view the program, click here
(select the "play" button under the program for Thursday, June 9, 2005).