Canadian military to step up engagement with Indo-Pacific, says Trudeau

A long-standing promise of the Liberal government IndiaPacific Strategy includes new investments To strengthen the role of Canadian armament Power Prime Minister Justin Trudeau It was announced in Thailand on Friday.

“This supports our allies Japan and South Korea and all of us. Pacific,” Trudeau As he closed out his participation in Asia on Friday, he said:Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum.

The rally was sidetracked by news that North Korea had launched a ballistic missile and landed it near Japanese waters.

“This is absolutely unacceptable and should not continue.” Trudeau He told reporters at a press conference in Bangkok.

US calls emergency meeting When Leaders of Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and Canada hosted by US Vice President Kamala Harris.

Trudeau He told five colleagues that Canada would continue its role in a UN mission called Operation Neon. To Monitor sanctions against North Korea.

“Canada joins allies in condemning North Korea’s continued and irresponsible behavior in the strongest terms,” ​​he said.

Trudeau He said repeated missile launches were ‘necessary’. To It should be condemned by everyone in this region and around the world. ”

Canada’s Participation in APEC Meetings Has Ended When Commits approximately $183 million in new funding over five years To strengthen ties To region, part IndiaPacific A strategy that the liberals have finally begun to deploy.

This includes $92.5 million To Approximately 60 new jobs will be created, both within Canada’s missions in the region and Global Affairs Canada.

“This will increase Canada’s presence on the ground and deepen our diplomatic relations. To Build and maintain the important relationships we are building,” said International Trade Minister Mary Ng on Friday.

There are also $45 million in trade missions, about $32 million. To Established Canada’s first agricultural office.

Previous Trudeau separated To Discuss North Korea’s movements WhenTo other leaders, he announced that Ottawa would spend $13.5 million. ToLaunching teams in Canada and Asia To Form energy partnerships.

“The need for clean energy and green infrastructure is also growing rapidly here. IndiaPacific,” Trudeau He said in his opening remarks at a press conference before taking questions from the press.

“As the world moves toward net zero, the possibilities are enormous. To Grow our relationship in the natural resources sector. ”

in the meantime Trudeau Earlier, we talked about expanding natural gas exports. To Japan and South Korea, his office said he wants too To exchange natural resources When India, Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, Taiwan.

New funding is IndiaPacific A strategy liberals have slowly begun to unfold after years of promising.

Last week, Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Jolie said that Asian diplomats told her about the problem that “Canada is not always a reliable partner.

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth engagement he welcomed thursday Trudeau To his Bangkok residence.

“This is your first visit as prime minister,” Prayut said through an interpreter.

“I hope that this visit, especially the short one, will be a memorable one.” Trudeau Made in his youth, Prayut said.

Trudeau Looked To It contradicts Jolie’s framing of Friday.

“Canada is serious about the region. We’ve always been,” he said.

“This opportunity To directly involved, To show our commitment When of India Pacific Strategy (…) indicates that we are very present when it comes to partnerships and investments. ”

at other meetings When APEC Leaders, Trudeau he said he called for war in russia When Ukraine stressed the importance of the World Trade Organization in maintaining trade rules.

In one leader’s session, Trudeau Arranged alphabetically by the English names of their countries, they were seated between the heads of government of Brunei and Chile.This could have avoided the following nasty encounter Trudeau and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Xi was filmed to blame on Wednesday Trudeau undermine diplomatic relations by sharing details When Media about previous meetings. Beijing later accused Canada of acting “condescendingly” toward China.

The prime minister said he attended “many sessions” at APEC that Xi attended, but did not specify whether the two had discussed the incident.

Trudeau We also had lunch When Guests invited by the Thai government, including the leaders of APEC’s 21 members, plus the Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Trudeau Speaking to reporters, he brought up Saudi Arabia’s human rights record, saying that Canada To work When Countries “of mixed backgrounds” To Advancing issues such as climate change and the economy.

“In every conversation When All readers, I confirm To Raise our concerns about human rights and issues of need To Emphasized for Canadians. That’s exactly what I did,” he said.

President Macron also attended the luncheon as a non-APEC guest, and Thailand invited Prime Minister Hun Sen of Cambodia on behalf of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

The Associated Press reported that the Cambodian leader canceled the visit, To He left the G20 summit in Bali early after testing positive for COVID-19.

Trudeau We also met separately When Harris on Friday discussed a range of issues, including the Haiti crisis and Iran sanctions. They discussed the recent US midterm elections and touched on abortion, climate change and the economy, according to Trudeau’s office.

he also met When New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she was enthusiastic To Partner When Canada when Trudeau Announced regional strategy.

Ardern said she agreed When a lot of what Trudeau said in APEC closed-door consultations.

“listening To Intervention in the room, we can hear many areas of like-mindedness. We have the same fears, we have the same aspirations,” she said.

After Prime Minister Trudeau’s Visit To Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand, Trudeau Leave the region for Tunisia, arriving at the weekend’s Francophonie Summit on Saturday morning.

National and regional leaders gather together When A large French-speaking population To discuss everything from economic policy To Using French in the Digital Age.

Trudeau is expected To meet When Many leaders across Africa are concerned about instability caused by soaring food costs, which liberals have stressed has been exacerbated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Prime Minister decided To return To Ottawa on Monday morning.

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