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What Canada can do about Chinese aggression in the Indo-Pacific region

By Brett Byers      

Canada and its allies should step up, work together, and protect the international norms and institutions that safeguard the maritime security of the Indo-Pacific.

HMCS Regina and NRU ASTERIX pictured during an exercise at sea with the Japanese maritime self-defence force during Operation Projection in the South China Sea on June 14. Canada has some capacity (albeit a limited one) to engage in freedom of navigation missions and participate in more multinational military exercises. Our partners in Japan, India, South Korea, Taiwan, Australia, and more would welcome such contributions, even if they are modest, writes Brett Byers. Department of National Defence photograph by Corporal Stuart Evans, BORDEN Imaging Services

Seven years into Xi Jinping’s tenure as China’s despot-in-chief, the world has yet to figure out how to deal with China’s strongman and this “new era” of Chinese power. Not since the eras of Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping has a Chinese leader consolidated so much power or acted so belligerently on the world stage.

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