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Balancing ambition with pragmatism in Canada’s Indo-Pacific strategy – Policy Options

November 2, 2023

Less than a year after the release of Canada’s Indo-Pacific strategy, the federal government can celebrate its first major victory. But challenges lie ahead.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau left the summit in Jakarta between Canada and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in September with a significant win in the form of a new strategic partnership with the 10-member bloc.

But can Ottawa follow through on these commitments to consistently engage with the region?

The Indo-Pacific strategy is a government-wide plan to help promote security, prosperity and sustainable development in the area through a comprehensive and inclusive approach. It also seeks to advance Canada’s interests and values while contributing to a larger-scale effort to ensure a stable and rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific region.

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