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York Centre for Asian Research Updates                    Issue 69, Friday, November 24, 2006


In this issue

Academic Events

 Professor of economics to talk about financial reforms in transition economies
  Conference/Workshop  CANCAPS holds 14th annual conference on balancing economics and diplomacy

Asia Job Opportunities

 Trace Foundation seeks project manager in education in Sichuan, China

Call for Proposals

 PEP Research Network calls for proposals on studies relating to poverty issues

Asian News Analysis

 Sino-India partnership 'of global significance'

Professor of economics to talk about financial reforms in transition economies
Monday, November 27, 2006, 12-1:30 pm, York Lanes 270B

Dr. Jong You, professor of economics at Laurentian University (Algoma University College) will talk on the problems and difficulties associated with transforming financial institutions and policies in a centrally planned economy to those in a market oriented economy in general. The particular case of China will be examined with a specific attention given to the vulnerability to possible financial crisis that has been much talked about in the recent literature, in light of the recent reforms that have been undertaken in China.

Open Lecture and Book Signing: The Oligarchy and Continuing Philippine Human Rights Crises
Monday, November 27, 4-7pm, Rm 208N, Munk Centre for International Studies/UofT, 1 Devonshire Place

Asian Institute in association with Rizal Society of Ontario, Filipino Students Association at UofT and York and YCAR presents an open forum/book signing on Dr. Dante Simbulan's book relating to the Philippine oligarchy and continuing human rights crises in the country (Photo credit: Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA).

DANTE C. SIMBULAN earned his doctorate in Political Science from the Australian National University. He taught Politics, Government and Sociology at the University of the Philippines, Ateneo, Maryknoll, and the Philippine Military Academy. He was Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines when Martial Law was declared by Ferdinand Marcos. Dr. Simbulan was arrested and detained for two-and-a half years without charges and adopted as a "prisoner of conscience" by Amnesty International and other international human rights groups. While in exile, he taught at Montgomery College, Maryland and lectured at several universities in the U.S. and Canada. He served as the first executive director of the Church Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (based in Washington, D.C.) that worked for the termination of US military and economic support to the Marcos dictatorship. Dr. Simbulan will be on hand to sign copies of The Modern Principalia, Historical Evolution of the Philippine Ruling Oligarchy, his finally published 1963 watershed thesis on the 20th century Philippine ruling elite which influenced two generations of Filipino political activists.

UofT Public Forum: Moving Forward with a Nuclear North Korea
Tuesday, November 28, 2006 from 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, 91 Charles Street West, University of Toronto
Victoria College Chapel, 2nd Floor, Room 213, at Victoria College Building

Moderator: Ben Chin (former CBC News Anchor). Distinguished Speakers: Ambassador Donald P. Gregg, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea (1989-1993), National Security Advisor to Vice-President George Bush, Chairman of the Korea Society;  Senator Lois Wilson (1998-2002), led the first Canadian Government delegation to the DPRK, Canadian Special Envoy to Sudan, Awarded the Pearson Peace Prize;  Erich Weingartner (Established the World Food Programme and former U.N. Liaison in the DPRK);  Yasushi Misawa, Minister, Responsible for Political and General Affairs (Embassy of Japan); Soo-Gwon Kim, Minister, Responsible for Political Affairs (Embassy of the Republic of South Korea). For more information contact: Justin.Gang@utoronto.ca.

Note: The City Institute at York University (CITY) invites you to its Open House on Wednesday November 29, from 10:00 to 12:00nn at 228 York Lanes. Please R.S.V.P. by Friday, November 24, 2006 to Sara Macdonald at city@yorku.ca.

Asian Institute holds seminar on Buddhist Reliquaries from 1st to 5th Century AD Gandhara
Friday, December 8, 2 - 3:30 pm, 108N, North House, Munk Centre for International Studies, 1 Devonshire Place

Dr. David Jongeward will summarize findings to date for a survey and art historical analysis of Gandhara Buddhist reliquaries. Gandhara is a relatively small geographical area in what is now northern Pakistan. The area is well known to art historians and historians of religion as a thriving centre for Buddhism and Buddhist arts between the 1st and 5th centuries AD, primarily during the time of the Kushan Empire. Kushan cities and trade centers generated tremendous wealth from Silk Road trade. Gandhara Buddhist art reveals an ancient crossroads of cultures that characterized the Kushan era, with influences from Greece, Rome, India, Persia and China. Gandhara reliquaries were originally created for the purpose of establishing stupas (Buddhist monuments) to honour distinguished monks and patrons of Buddhism. The discussion will include the historical, archaeological, and art historical context in which the remarkable variety of reliquaries were produced, featuring material from Pakistan's museums. (Photo credit: Standing Buddha, Gandhara, 1st-2nd Century, Tokyo National Museum).

David Jongeward is an independent Cultural Historian and Research Associate with the University of Toronto's Asian Institute and the Royal Ontario Museum. His current research project Buddhist Reliquaries from Gandhara is funded by SSHRC and administered by the Asian Institute. His catalogue of the Royal Ontario Museum's collection of Gandhara Buddhist sculpture was published in 2003. Register online at: http://webapp.mcis.utoronto.ca/EventDetails.aspx?eventid=2588.


CANCAPS holds 14th annual conference on balancing economics and diplomacy
1-3 December 2006, York University, Toronto

The 14th annual CANCAPS Conference will be held at York University Dec. 1-3, 2006. Discussion topics include: Natural Resources and Canada-Asia Pacific Relations; Canada’s Economic Relations with China; After the Tsunami: Canada’s Response to Emergencies; China’s Human Rights and Asian Security: Activists and Academics in Dialogue; The Changing Nature of Human Security; Dealing with North Korea; Canada’s Changing Role in Afghanistan.

Participation in the conference requires registration, including payment of registration fees. See the CANCAPS Conference website for complete registration information, as well as the conference agenda.

Grant Institute invites you to its professional grant writing workshop
University of Toronto - Victoria College, Dec 13 - 15, 2006, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Alumni Hall, VC 115

The Grant Institute's Grants 101: Professional Grant Proposal Writing Workshop will be held at the University of Toronto - Victoria College, December 13 - 15, 2006. Interested development professionals, researchers, faculty, and graduate students are invited to register as soon as possible. All participants will receive certification in professional grant writing from the Institute. For more information call (213) 817 - 5308 or visit The Grant Institute website at www.thegrantinstitute.com

The Grant Institute’s Grants 101 Course is an intensive and detailed introduction to the process, structure, and skill of professional proposal writing. This course is characterized by its ability to act as a thorough overview, introduction, and refresher at the same time. In this course, participants will learn the entire proposal writing process and complete the course with a solid understanding of not only the ideal proposal structure, but a holistic understanding of the essential factors, which determine whether or not a program gets funded. Through the completion of interactive exercises and activities, participants will complement expert lectures by putting proven techniques into practice. This course is designed for both the beginner looking for a thorough introduction and the intermediate looking for a refresher course that will strengthen their grant acquisition skills. This class, simply put, is designed to get results by creating professional grant proposal writers.

Participants will become competent program planning and proposal writing professionals after successful completion of the Grants 101 course. In three active and informative days, students will be exposed to the art of successful grant writing practices, and led on a journey that ends with a masterful grant proposal. REGISTRATION: $597.00 USD tuition includes all materials and certificates.

REGISTRATION METHODS: Online, visit www.thegrantinstitute.com and click on the registration area. By phone - call (213) 817 - 5308. By e-mail - send an e-mail with your name, organization, and basic contact information to info@thegrantinstitute.com.


Trace Foundation seeks project manager in education in Sichuan, China

Trace Foundation is a non-profit organization headquartered in New York City. The foundation funds and implements initiatives related to social, cultural, economic and environmental development in Tibetan communities in the Southwest and Northwest regions of China including Qinghai Province, Sichuan Province and the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR). The foundation is dedicated to finding sustainable ways to meet the challenges of these unique communities while respecting traditional ways of life.

Trace Foundation seeks an individual with relevant academic training and project management experience who could serve as Project Manager for one of the foundation's education projects based in Sichuan Province. The Project Manager will report to the Program Coordinator – Education. Post Location: Western Sichuan Province, PRC.  Contract Duration: 1 year, renewable. Start Date: February 2007

The Project Manager will be responsible for all project management implementation tasks, including the following:

Ensure smooth and timely implementation of the Education Project as set forth in the Project Design and that appropriate monitoring of progress has taken place following agreed upon means of verification; Contribute to the development and appraisal of new projects in cooperation with the Program Coordinator - Education; Negotiate the detailed framework for cooperation on project activities; Work with local authorities and counterparts and providing both on site and off site support; Develop project agreements with local counterparts and coach local counterparts in preparing proposals; Manage financial and administrative aspects of the projects, including budget management; Write relevant narrative and financial reports using reporting formats approved by Trace Foundation; Oversee implementation of contracts for specific project activities and grant; Direct and support staff to enable them to effectively perform their duties; Manage personnel issues related to recruiting, hiring, adequacy of job descriptions, individual task planning, monthly reporting and performance assessment; participate in foundation-wide activities related to education.

Trace Foundation offers a competitive compensation package.   For consideration, please send your CV and cover letter to Pat Melleby, Trace Foundation, 132 Perry Street, Suite 2B, NYC, NY  10014 or trace@trace.org by November 30, 2006. Cover letter must be written in English.  Only those short-listed candidates will receive a response. For more job opportunities at Trace, visit their website at http://www.trace.org/about/abt_job-eng.html.


PEP Research Network calls for proposals on studies relating to poverty issues

The Poverty and Economic Policy (PEP) Research Network invites researchers originating from and residing in developing countries to submit research proposals. The PEP network provides financial (roughly 15 CA $20 000 research grants per year) and scientific support to member researchers, as well as funding to participate in training workshops, PEP meetings, international conferences, study visits, and other activities. A shortlist of teams will be invited to present their proposals. Proposals may be submitted at any time, but the submission deadline for our 2007 meeting (to be held in Peru in May or June 2007) is 30 November 2006.

The Poverty and Economic Policy (PEP) Research Network brings together and provides support to developing-country researchers working to reduce poverty. The network receives funding from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) as part of its Globalization, Growth and Poverty (GGP) program. Specific objectives are to: Better understand the causes and consequences of poverty; Propose alternative strategies, policies, and programs to reduce poverty; Improve the monitoring and measurement of poverty; Develop local research (and training) capacity in these areas; Develop new concepts and methodologies through fundamental research.

PEP is composed of three tightly linked constituent subnetworks:

This call for research proposals concerns only the PMMA and MPIA subnetworks.

All team members must originate from and reside in a developing country during the course of the project. To maximize capacity building, the network favour teams composed of a senior researcher supervising several less experienced researchers, including women researchers.

The PMMA network currently focuses primarily on multidimensional poverty, public spending/impact evaluation, and poverty dynamics. The poverty impacts of growth, public spending, and agricultural policies are priority themes for the MPIA network. Both networks also offer a special Gender Challenge Fund for poverty studies on gender issues. For more information and to submit a proposal, please consult the "Call for Proposals" on the PEP Web site: (www.pep-net.org).


Sino-India partnership 'of global significance', by Li Xing, China Daily, November 22, 2006

China and India agreed to adopt a "10-pronged strategy" to "further substantiate and reinforce their strategic and cooperative partnership," which has moved beyond a bilateral relationship to assume global significance. This was the consensus that visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh reached Tuesday (Nov 21) during talks in the Indian capital.   (Photo: China's President Hu Jintao (2nd L) and his wife Liu Yongqing (L) scatter rose petals at the Mahatma Gandhi memorial at Rajghat in New Delhi November 21, 2006. India and China agreed on Tuesday to boost trade and renew efforts to solve their border dispute, adding there was enough room for the Asian giants to grow together while remaining sensitive to the other's concerns. [Reuters].

The talks between the leaders of the two most populous countries resulted in a joint declaration that promises, among others, to double the volume of trade to US$40 billion by 2010, seek an early settlement of outstanding issues such as the "boundary question" and boost cooperation in science and technology including expansion of the civilian nuclear energy programme. The two sides also pledged to hold regular summit-level meetings, strengthen institutional contacts and dialogue, promote and protect bilateral investment and expand cooperation in trade, industry, finance, agriculture, water resources, energy, environment, information technology, tourism and other fields. They have instructed a joint task force to complete a feasibility study on a Sino-Indian regional trading arrangement by October 2007.

The two countries also decided to exchange views more frequently on "the emerging security environment in the Asia-Pacific and in the world", instill mutual trust and confidence through defence cooperation and work closer together to counter terrorism. During his talks with Singh, Hu put forward six proposals on the development of relations. He suggested that China and India enhance mutual political trust through dialogue and consultations; achieve win-win results by strengthening economic and trade collaboration; broaden common interests by expanding cooperative projects; augment the foundation of friendship by increasing people-to-people exchanges; and maintain peace on the border areas. After the talks, the two sides signed 13 agreements, protocols or MOUs.

"In bilateral, regional and international dimensions, China and India share broad common interests," Hu told more than 200 journalists representing dozens of Chinese, India and other international media.  He stressed that both sides have agreed to intensify their work and follow the spirit of the guiding principles for the settlement of the boundary question signed in April last year.

While solutions to the border question are pending, Hu said the two sides would work together to maintain peace and tranquility in the border areas. "Both China and India are confident of our future relationship and are willing to work together to facilitate all-round and in-depth development of strategic and co-operative partnership," Hu said.

The Indian prime minister said: "As two large Asian states and as two of the fastest growing emerging economies of the world, cooperation between India and China transcends the bilateral and has global significance. "The nature and range of agreements signed today point to the consolidation and diversification of bilateral relations," Singh said.

"I think both sides have realised that solutions to pending issues are not near concrete," Dr Swaran Singh, associate professor of the School of International Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, told China Daily. "However, both expressed determination that bilateral relations will stay on course and will not allow contentious issues to disrupt their relationship." India is the third leg of Hu's four-nation tour, which has already taken him to Viet Nam and Laos, and will also take him to Pakistan Thursday (Nov 23).

Hu's six-point proposal: (1) Strengthen dialogue and consultation and enhance political mutual trust with more high-level contacts; (2) Expand trade, and remove trade and investment barriers to realize the trade target of US$40 billion by 2010; (3) Enhance collaboration on IT, energy, resources, infrastructure, science, technology and agriculture; (4) Promote cultural exchanges. Chinese Government will invite 500 young Indians to China in the next five years; (5) Push forward border demarcation negotiations and maintain peace in border areas; (6) Safeguard common interests in the United Nations and other multilateral organisations.


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