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Canada’s Return to East Asia: Re-engagement through Maritime Diplomacy

The Canadian government, after a decade of neglect, is prepared to re-engage East Asia, particularly China. Through maritime defence and cooperation endeavours, Canada’s re-engagement efforts could improve the region’s strategic stability and foster economic growth. Including maritime diplomacy on its economically oriented regional re-engagement strategy would signal that Canada is making a determined return to the region, building the reputation it will need to become a member of East Asia’s premier institutions, and, eventually, create closer economic ties with East Asia. Maritime diplomacy is essential to Canada’s broader regional strategy.

About the Author

James Manicom, former CIGI Research Fellow, Global Security & Politics

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