APEC summit: Ottawa announces that the Canadian army will be more present in the Indo-Pacific

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada’s next Indo-Pacific strategy will include new investments to strengthen the role of the Canadian Armed Forces in the region.

Trudeau is in Bangkok, Thailand, to participate in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, where talks were monopolized, however, by the launch by North Korea of ​​a ballistic missile that fell near the waters. from Japan.

The United States, through its Vice President Kamala Harris, called an emergency meeting with the leaders of Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and Canada in response to this launch.

Mr. Trudeau told his five colleagues that Canada will continue its role in a United Nations mission to monitor sanctions against North Korea.

Speaking to reporters, Trudeau called North Korea’s latest move « irresponsible » and said its test launches must stop.

But before stepping down to discuss this new event, Mr. Trudeau had time to announce that Ottawa will spend $13.5 million to launch a team, in Canada and Asia, responsible for forming energy partnerships.

According to the Prime Minister’s Office, Trudeau also took advantage of other meetings at the forum to discuss Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and stress the importance of the World Trade Organization in enforcing trade rules.

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