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Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly responds to questions at a news conference as Public Safety Minister Marco Mendocino listens in Vancouver on Nov. 27, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Canada’s Indo-Pacific strategy: The same old starry-eyed thinking about Asian trade

If ties to democratic regimes in the Indo-Pacific region are to mean anything, Canada must look to smaller, poorer democracies and not only to the obvious partners — and become a human rights advocate.
The leaders of the 18 Asia-Pacific economies pose for a family photo in Vancouver in 1997. Indonesia’s Suharto is sixth from the left. Protests against human rights violations were kept hidden from Suharto during the summit. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

When Canada did – and didn’t – stand up for human rights

Canada’s clashes with Indonesia in the 1990s over human rights abuses contain lessons for the current Canadian-Saudi Arabian diplomatic dispute.
The tiny island nation Timor-Leste is fighting its large southern neighbour Australia over rights to an offshore oil and gas field. Adrees Latif/Reuters

What you need to know about Timor-Leste and Australia’s sea border fight

A conflict over the maritime border between the two countries has considerable implications for Timor-Leste’s future security, and its viability as an independent sovereign state.

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