On Sunday, November 27, Canada unveiled a new Indo-Pacific strategy. To improve military and cyber security in the area, it intends to spend $1.7 billion. The action is intended to deal with a “disruptive” China while collaborating with it on trade and climate change issues.
According to Nikkei Asia News, in a 26-page document, Canada stated it would increase its military presence in the region. The plan also tightens investment rules to protect intellectual property and prevent Chinese state-owned enterprises from acquiring critical mineral supplies.
The long-awaited plan lays out a road map for strengthening ties with a rapidly developing group of 40 nations accounting for almost $37.4 trillion in economic activity.
As Reuters reported, the strategy read, “China is an increasingly disruptive global power.”
It added, “China is looking to shape the international order into a more permissive environment for interests and values that increasingly depart from ours.”
Beijing’s “foreign interference and increasingly coercive treatment of other countries” were highlighted in the strategy. In addition, Canada said it would invest in an enhanced regional military presence as well as intelligence and cybersecurity.
At a news conference in Vancouver, four cabinet ministers took turns outlining the new strategy.
Canada Foreign Minister Melanie Joly said, “We will engage in diplomacy because we think diplomacy is a strength, at the same time we’ll be firm and that’s why we have now a very transparent plan to engage with China.”
The Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seeks to diversify the overwhelmingly American-dependent trade and economic ties.
According to official data, China accounted for less than 7% of overall bilateral trade in September, while the United States accounted for 68%.