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‘Disruptive’ China Prompts Canadian Tilt Toward Indo-Pacific

  • Trudeau team unveils new strategy on heels of Xi reprimand
  • Plan includes more military spending, tighter investment rules
The Canadian navy will see a boost in funding as part of the foreign-policy pivot. 

The Canadian navy will see a boost in funding as part of the foreign-policy pivot. 

Photographer: James MacDonald/Bloomberg
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government is boosting military spending and expanding Canadian trade ties in the Indo-Pacific region as part of a “generational” policy shift aimed at countering China’s influence.

Foreign Minister Melanie Joly released her nation’s Indo-Pacific Strategy Sunday morning, including nearly $1.7 billion (C$2.3 billion) in spending. That money is being used for more navy patrols in the region, better intelligence and cybersecurity measures, and increased cooperation with regional partners in the East and South China Seas.