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@j-r-c Once the artic caps start melting the Russians will have access to Canada.

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Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen meets with Liberal MP John McKay, who is leading a Canadian parliamentary delegation for a visit, at the presidential office in Taipei, on April 12.TAIWAN PRESIDENTIAL OFFICE/REUTERS

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Days after China staged military drills for a possible invasion of Taiwan, a group of Canadian lawmakers delivered a strong message of support to the island’s President, Tsai Ing-wen.

Speaking alongside Ms. Tsai in Taipei Wednesday, Liberal MP John McKay said the cross-party delegation’s trip to Taiwan this week was “testimony to the concern that Canada has for the ongoing viability of Taiwan.”

“Taiwan’s issues are Canada’s issues, and Canada’s issues are Taiwan’s issues,” Mr. McKay said.

Canadian delegation in Taiwan shows support after Chinese military drills, Macron comments - The Globe and Mail

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Canada will be joining the arms race 

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The Indo-Pacific strategy is "the biggest foreign policy shift in Canada in many, many decades," McKay said, and is focused on security, trade, people-to-people exchanges, climate change mitigation and diplomacy. Under the plan, which involves 15 government departments, Canada will invest 2.3 billion Canadian dollars ($1.7 billion) over the five years from 2022 to develop infrastructure and reduce damage from climate change.

"The Indo-Pacific strategy will give Canada more credibility in the region to deal with the world's second-largest economy on all those fronts," McKay told Nikkei Asia.

Canada is also seeking to join the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, part of the country's commitment to maintaining fair trade and secure supply chains.

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US, South Korean, Canadian warships train in Yellow Sea ahead of Incheon anniversary

The amphibious assault ship USS America, center, the South Korean guided-missile frigate ROKS Seoul, left, and the Canadian frigate HMCS Vancouver train together in the Yellow Sea, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2023.

The amphibious assault ship USS America, center, the South Korean guided-missile frigate ROKS Seoul, left, and the Canadian frigate HMCS Vancouver train together in the Yellow Sea, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2023. (South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense)

CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea — Warships from the United States, South Korea and Canada drilled Thursday in response to continuing tension with North Korea, and ahead of the reenactment of a pivotal Korean War landing.

The amphibious assault ship USS America, homeported at Sasebo Naval Base, Japan, joined the South Korean guided-missile frigate ROKS Seoul and Canadian frigate HMCS Vancouver on Thursday in the Yellow Sea, according to a news release that day from South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense.

The warships drilled on tactical maneuvers and helicopter operations, the release said.

“This exercise served as momentum to further improve our reaction posture and ability to deal with North Korea’s threats through the combined multilateral naval exercises by [South Korea], the U.S. and Canadian naval forces,” South Korean navy Cmdr. Kim Hyunseok said in the release.

The U.S. and South Korea have carried out several exercises around the Korean Peninsula with partner forces this summer.

The amphibious assault ship USS America, center, the South Korean guided-missile frigate ROKS Seoul, bottom, and the Canadian frigate HMCS Vancouver train together in the Yellow Sea, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2023.

On Aug. 29, the Japanese guided-missile destroyer JS Haguro joined the USS Benfold and South Korean destroyer Yulgok Yi I for a ballistic missile defense exercise in international waters south of South Korea’s Jeju Island.

Canada is a member of the U.N. Command headquartered at Camp Humphreys in South Korea.

Canada also took part in August’s large-scale Ulchi Freedom Shield exercise with U.S. and South Korean forces and in Sea Dragon, a U.S.-led multinational anti-submarine exercise off of Guam’s coast in March.

The country “is committed to maintaining a persistent regional presence to help promote peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and the Indo-Pacific at large,” the Vancouver posted on X, formerly known as Twitter, on Thursday.

Thursday’s drill occurred one day before the America, Seoul and Vancouver steamed for Incheon to help reenact an amphibious landing during the 1950-53 Korean War, according to the National Defense Ministry.

Roughly 20 South Korean navy ships, 10 aircraft and 3,300 service members commemorated the 73rd anniversary of Operation Chromite — a pivotal U.S.-led amphibious assault that turned the tide of the Korean War — with a reenactment ceremony on Friday.

Starting Sept. 15, 1950, U.S. Marines and U.S. and South Korean soldiers battled their way into the port city of Incheon and another 18 miles east to the capital. Eighteen days later, they liberated Seoul from the North Koreans and lifted their hold on the peninsula.

Three Canadian destroyers took part in Operation Chromite as part of a naval blockade and to provide logistical support for vanguard forces, according to the Canadian Department of National Defense’s website.

Around 600 U.N. Command troops were killed and 2,750 were wounded in the operation. About 14,000 North Korean troops were killed and 7,000 were taken prisoner.

US, South Korean, Canadian warships train in Yellow Sea ahead of Incheon anniversary | Stars and Stripes

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@rick-cook hehe right next to China 😀

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