The Indo-Pacific is rapidly becoming the global centre of economic dynamism and strategic challenge. Encompassing 40 economies, more than four billion people, and more than one-third of all economic activity worldwide – what happens in the region will play a critical role in shaping the future of the international order.
Recognizing the importance of the Indo-Pacific region to global peace and prosperity and Canada’s national interests, the government of Canada released in November 2022 its own long-anticipated Indo-Pacific Strategy. This long-term plan includes ambitious, interconnected objectives to promote peace, resilience, and security; expand trade, investment, and supply chain resilience; invest in and connect people; and build a sustainable and green future.
As a Pacific nation, Canada shares 25,000 kilometres (more than 15,000 miles) of Pacific coastline, robust trading relationships with economies across the region, deep people-to-people ties, and a rich history of cultural exchange. Through its Indo-Pacific Strategy, funded by an initial investment of $2.3 billion over five years, Canada will work to further deepen relationships with regional partners that have been built through decades of government, private sector, security, and civil society co-operation, and advance Canada’s overarching priority to be an active, engaged, and reliable partner in the Indo-Pacific.
Join us for a thought-provoking discussion examining the role and significance of Canada’s enhanced engagement in building a peaceful, prosperous, and sustainable Indo-Pacific region.
Rana Sarkar, Canada’s consul general in San Francisco, and Yves Tiberghien, professor of political science, Konwakai Chair in Japanese Research, director of the Centre for Japanese Research at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, and a Distinguished Fellow with the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, will hold a fireside chat exploring this new horizon of opportunity, as well as the importance of the Bay Area as an international cultural, commercial, and financial hub and vital gateway to the Indo-Pacific region.
For more information, please visit the Commonwealth Club website where you can also register for the event.
A limited number of complimentary tickets to attend in person are available here. These are available on a first come, first served basis.
Additional background on Canada’s Indo-Pacific Strategy is available here with analysis by APF Canada here and here.