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Focusing on ‘disruptive’ China, Canada to boost defence, cybersecurity

“We will engage in diplomacy because we believe that diplomacy is a strength, at the same time we will be firm and that is why we now have a very transparent plan for engaging with China,” Foreign Minister Melanie Joly said.

Charging

Trudeau’s liberal government wants to diversify trade and economic ties that are overwhelmingly dependent on the United States. Official data for September shows bilateral trade with China accounted for less than 7 percent of the total, compared with 68 percent for the US.

The document highlighted Trudeau’s dilemma in forging ties with China, which offers significant opportunities for Canadian exporters.

However, he said cooperation with the world’s second-largest economy was needed to address some “existential pressures” including climate change, global health and nuclear proliferation.

“China is an increasingly disruptive global power,” the strategy read. “Our approach…is shaped by a realistic and lucid assessment of China today. In areas of deep disagreement, we will challenge China.”

The document said Canada would increase its naval presence in the Indo-Pacific region and “increase our military commitment and intelligence capabilities as a means to mitigate coercive behavior and threats to regional security.”

Charging

That would include the annual deployment of three of the current two frigates to the region, as well as the participation of Canadian airmen and soldiers in regional military exercises, Defense Minister Anita Anand said at a separate news conference.

He said that Ottawa was engaging in the region with partners like the United States and the European Union.

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