Trudeau: Canada ‘ideal’ ASEAN trade part­ner

Cana­dian Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau on Tues­day pitched Canada to be in an “ideal po­si­tion” to work with the 10-mem­ber states of the As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east-Asian Na­tions (ASEAN) on trade.

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Dur­ing the ASEAN-Canada 40th An­niver­sary Com­mem­o­ra­tive Sum­mit, Trudeau said Canada “is not only will­ing, but ready” to be ASEAN’s “key part­ner” for the next 50 years, not­ing that it is the first time that a prime min­is­ter of Canada will par­tic­i­pate in the East Asia Sum­mit.

“This will al­low Canada to be a full, dy­namic part­ner of ASEAN, a part­ner that can truly con­trib­ute to the or­ga­ni­za­tion and its mis­sion,” Trudeau told

ASEAN lead­ers led by Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte, this year’s chair­man.

“Our stance on free trade puts us in an ideal po­si­tion to work with you to en­cour­age growth that ben­e­fits ev­ery­one, and that is sus­tain­able. Done right, we be­lieve trade can cre­ate good, well-pay­ing jobs for the mid­dle-class and those work­ing hard to join it,” he said.

Canada, he said, is com­mit­ted to have a “strength­ened part­ner­ship” with the ASEAN to con­trib­ute to the bloc’s “eco­nomic fu­ture that is more pros­per­ous, more equal and more sta­ble for gen­er­a­tions to come.”

Trudeau said dis­cus­sions on a Canada-ASEAN free trade agree­ment is one of the ways that the two will ben­e­fit from a “closer re­la­tion­ship.”

Mean­while, Trudeau said Canada will also help to find a “just solution” in the on­go­ing cri­sis in Myan­mar.

“You see, in times of cri­sis, Cana­di­ans are pre­pared to lend a help­ing hand to their neigh­bors and friends. It’s not only what we do, it’s who we are,” he said.

A draft of the state­ment to be is­sued af­ter a South­east Asian sum­mit makes no men­tion of the ex­o­dus of Ro­hingya Mus­lims from Myan­mar's Rakhine state fol­low­ing a mil­i­tary crack­down that has been de­scribed by the United Na­tions as eth­nic cleans­ing.

One para­graph of the com­mu­niqué, seen by Reuters on Mon­day, men­tions the im­por­tance of hu­man­i­tar­ian re­lief pro­vided for vic­tims of nat­u­ral dis­as­ters in Viet­nam and a re­cent ur­ban bat­tle with Is­lamist mil­i­tants in the Philip­pines,

The Reuters re­port said the draft did not give any de­tails of the sit­u­a­tion in north­ern Rakhine state or use the term Ro­hingya for the per­se­cuted Mus­lim mi­nor­ity, which Myan­mar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has asked for­eign lead­ers not to use.

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