On April 25, 2023, with support from the Korea Foundation, MLI hosted a dinner roundtable to discuss Canada and Korea’s roles in the Indo-Pacific.
The discussion focused on Canada and Korea’s shared values, goals, and vision for a rules based international order. The two middle-powers have much in common but their Indo-Pacific strategies are shaped by their different geographic locations, material capabilities, and normative power.
The dinner was attended by a distinguished group of Canadians and Koreans representing a cross-section of civil society. The discussion was moderated by MLI’s director of Foreign Affairs, National Defense and National Security, Jonathan Berkshire Miller and included remarks by Dr. Andrew Yeo, Chair of the Korea Foundation, and Dr. Tina J. Park, CEO, The Park Group.
Topics of discussion included:
- How Canada and Korea can, in tandem with allies, manage an increasingly provocative regime in North Korea
- How Canada and South Korea have navigated U.S.-China competition and related issues including conflict in the Taiwan Strait.
- The extent to which Canadians and South Koreans see themselves as an Indo-Pacific country.
- How Asian participation in NATO and the AP4 help strengthening trans-Atlantic, trans-Pacific ties.
- What Canada and South Korea can learn from the other in charting their own path to national security.