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Indo-Pacific leaders see a partner in Canada, elevating its status within ASEAN-bloc

JAKARTA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has wrapped up five meetings with Indo-Pacific leaders on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit.

Trudeau met with the leaders of Malaysia, Vietnam, Korea, Philippines and Australia. 

During these talks, the leaders expressed a desire to partner up with Canada through trade, immigration, and to utilize its know-how when dealing with their transition to green energy.

Later today, the 10-bloc country that make up the Association of Southeast Asian Nations will embrace Canada as its latest strategic partner, signaling the relationship ASEAN and Canada have built. 

Just a year ago, the decision to elevate Canada’s status to strategic partner was not unanimous amongst ASEAN leaders.  

The prime minister has been well-received at the summit, with Korean president calling Trudeau a close friend, and someone he always wants to run into.

 This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 6, 2023. 

The Canadian Press

Note to readers: ASEAN is pronounced AHZ-ee-in