Southeast Asian mission 'next logical step’ in regional courtship

The creation of a dedicated ambassador to the association representing Southeast Asia signals Canada’s commitment to stronger ties both with Indonesia and the region, say analysts.

Foreign Minister John Baird meets ASEAN Secretary-General Le Luong Minh Aug. 5 in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Chris Plecash
Published: Wednesday, 08/13/2014 1:00 am EDT
Last Updated: Wednesday, 08/20/2014 4:26 pm EDT

Canada’s decision to establish a dedicated diplomatic mission to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations could go a long way in strengthening trade and security ties with the region, and free up Canadian embassy resources in Indonesia, say Asia-Pacific analysts.

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