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Facing west, facing north: Canada and Australia in East Asia

By Peter Jennings and Leonard Edwards

This report, published by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), calls for Canada and Australia to deepen their regional security cooperation in East Asia.

The risk of regional instability is growing, due to China’s re-emergence, continued speculation about US strategic engagement in Asia and increased competition over disputed maritime boundaries. These developments provide opportunities for collaboration between countries like Canada and Australia. Non-traditional security threats, including natural disasters, climate change, food security and cyber security, point to a range of areas where the two countries can work more closely together.

The report contains several policy recommendations for Canada and Australia to:

  • strengthen regional security
  • bolster regional governance mechanisms
  • enhance bilateral defence cooperation
  • boost defence industry and economic cooperation.