PUBLISHED NOV 29, 2022 12:33 PM BY THE MARITIME EXECUTIVE
Canada intends to increase its naval presence and conduct additional military exercises in the waters of the Indo-Pacific region joining with the growing number of global powers determined to counter China’s increasing presence in the region. In the long-awaited strategy statement from the Canadian government, the Canadian authorities accuse China of becoming an “increasingly disruptive global power,” while mapping out a strategy aimed at promoting its national interests over the next decade.
Canada is committing to spending $1.7 billion over the next five years to promote its interests in the region focusing on security, trade, and climate change among others. Part of the measures includes working with allies to counter China’s “coercive behavior” by ensuring full respect for international law, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, in the South China Sea where Beijing claims sovereignty over the vast majority of the waters. Canada also intends to oppose unilateral actions that threaten the status quo in the Taiwan Strait.