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Canada participates in Asia Security Summit

Canada’s Defence Minister Harijit Sajjan and Chief of Defence, General Jonathan Vance reaffirmed Canada’s commitment to the Asia-Pacific region during this year’s Asia Security Summit in Singapore on 4 June 2017.

This marks the second consecutive year that Minister Sajjan has attended this conference.
The event involved over 50 countries and discusses topics related to global threats, rising regional tensions, new areas for defence cooperation and maritime security. 
Sajjan addressed the attending representatives in a speech where he spoke about issues surrounding the problems of terrorism and radicalization, the rise of devastating natural disasters due to climate change, and the growing challenges and crises throughout the Asia-Pacific region and the world.
He also met with a number of regional counterparts, specifically Singapore’s Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) and Second Minister for Defence, Ong Ye Kung; Secretary-General Lê Lương Minh of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN); New Zealand’s Minister of Defence, Mark Mitchell; France’s Minister of the Armed Forces, Sylvie Goulard; Defence Minister for the Republic of Korea, Han Min-goo; and, Switzerland’s Federal Councillor, Guy Parmelin.
The Minister spoke with his counterparts about shared security concerns from both a regional and global perspective and exchanged ideas for strengthening and expanding defence cooperation.
General Vance also welcomed participants of the South-east Asian Young Leaders’ Programme on board the HMCS Winnipeg for a reception. The SAYL was a complementary event organized by the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS) to engage young leaders in the debate on the complex and evolving challenges facing the Asia-Pacific region.
The Canadian Armed Forces participates in several military exercises throughout the Asia-Pacific region, which strengthens
its defence relationship with key regional partners. HMCS Winnipeg and HMCS Ottawa, are both participating in Poseidon Cutlass 17, an event that hopes to bring numerous opportunities to exercise with regional partners, and to hold events and engagements in ports across the region.

In addition to attending this year’s conference in Singapore, Minister Sajjan has travelled to the Asia-Pacific region several times since taking office. In April, he travelled to India and Malaysia where he met with his counterparts to discuss common defence and security issues. Last year, he travelled to Australia and New Zealand to continue to build upon the strong defence relationship Canada shares with these two Five Eyes partners.