Canada forms advisory committee to deliberate on new Indo-Pacific strategy | World News

Toronto: Canada continues to work on a refreshed Indo-Pacific strategy that has announced the creation of an Advisory Committee that “has the task of providing independent perspectives and recommendations”.

The committee consists of three co-chairmen, 11 members and three advisors to the co-chair.

Co-chair is Janice Gross Stein, a renowned global affairs expert and founding director of the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto. There is also Pierre Pettigrew, former Minister of Foreign Affairs. The third co-chairman is Farah Mohammed of Indian Origin, Chief Executive Officer of the Forest Trust Corporation of Canada.

Members include former Canadian Ambassador to the United States Frank McKenna and former Conservative Party leader Rona Ambrose. Kasi Rao is the current Managing Director of Fairfax Consulting Services India Limited, a Canadian company focused on investment opportunities in India. Previously, he was president and chief executive officer of the Canada-India Business Council.

Dominic Barton, former Canadian Ambassador to China and former Deputy Commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force, Major-General (retired) Tammy Harris are also on the list.

In announcing the formation of the Advisory Committee, Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Jolie said, “In the coming decades, developments in the Indo-Pacific region will have profound effects on Canadians’ lives from coast to coast. Our mission is clear: Canada is committed to strengthening our presence and deepening our partnerships across the Indo-Pacific region.

The release of Global Affairs Canada, the country’s foreign ministry, states that Canada “recognizes that the Indo-Pacific region is critically important to Canadians’ long-term prosperity, health and security.”

“We live in a world with increasing threats to global stability. For the benefit of people and Canadians in the region, Canada is actively investing in the Indo-Pacific region, which supports the free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific, which contributes to a regulatory international order,” it added.

The Indo-Pacific strategy is under consideration since 2019 and the delay has been met with criticism as it ignores the reality of Canada in the formation of two recent groups focused on the region: Australia and the recent Indo-Pacific Economic Forum for Prosperity (IPEF), which came into existence last year It was formed last month and is based in India, the US, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand and Japan, among other countries.

The Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau discussed the area in a bilateral meeting with US President Joe Biden in Los Angeles on Thursday. In a statement issued by the Office of the Prime Minister of Canada, he said “they have talked about their mutual commitment to enhancing regional security and good governance cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region and their relations with China.”

The Canadian announcement in the agenda in May “aims to implement a new telecommunications security framework and prohibit the inclusion of Huawei and ZTE’s products and services on Canadian 5G networks”.

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