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Indo-Pacific

Canada focuses on 'disruptive' China in new Indo-Pacific strategy

Plan aims to keep Beijing's state-owned enterprises from snapping up critical minerals

The long-awaited plan is a blueprint to deepen ties with a fast-growing region, but its focus is on China at a time when bilateral relations are frosty.   © Reuters

OTTAWA (Reuters) -- Canada launched a new Indo-Pacific strategy on Sunday, vowing more resources to deal with a "disruptive" China while working with the world's second-biggest economy on climate change and trade issues.

In a 26-page document, Canada said it would boost its military presence in the region and tighten investment rules to protect intellectual property and prevent Chinese state-owned enterprises from snapping up critical mineral supplies.

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