Asia’s economic rise is a defining feature of the early 21st century, and the wider Asia-Pacific region is playing an ever more important role in the global economy and politics. Canada seeks to strengthen its deep and broad relationships across Asia and the Pacific at every level. Events in Asia-Pacific are of critical importance to a broad range of Canadian interests, including prosperity and freedom, regional stability and international security. It is in the interest of all Canadians to continue to develop connections—closer educational, cultural and people-to-people links—to Asia and the Pacific so that Canada can contribute to and learn from the region, while advancing Canadian values and interests there.
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