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Canada, Japan deepen defence ties in face of Chinese threats

12th December 2022 - 19:00 GMT | by Elisabeth Gosselin-Malo in Milan

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HMCS Vancouver takes part in an international deployment to the Indo-Pacific in September. (Photo: USN)

The Canadian and Japanese governments are working towards an intelligence-sharing partnership, while Ottawa has pledged to deploy more naval vessels to the region.

In October 2022, Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi and his Canadian counterpart Melanie Joly agreed to formally begin talks towards signature of a military intelligence-sharing agreement as part of a joint action plan for a 'free and open' Indo-Pacific region.

At a bilateral meeting in Tokyo, the two sides stated their intentions to reach an accord 'as soon as possible' to increase cooperation between their armed forces and ease sharing of intelligence under a General Security of Information Agreement. 

This type of pact entails direct distribution of information between Japan and Canada (rather than through third-party or partner nations) about

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Elisabeth Gosselin-Malo

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Elisabeth Gosselin-Malo


Elisabeth Gosselin-Malo is a freelance security and defense reporter based in Milan, Italy. She covers …

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