End of eventful diplomatic trip for Justin Trudeau in Asia

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End of eventful diplomatic trip for Justin Trudeau in Asia

From left to right: Anthony Albanese (Australia), Justin Trudeau, Fumio Kishida (Japan), Kamala Harris (USA), Han Duck-soo (South Korea) and Jacinda Ardern (New Zealand ). These heads of state attended an emergency meeting after another missile launch from North Korea.

After a G20 marked by tense exchanges with the Chinese president and by the fall of a missile in Poland, Justin Trudeau's last stop in Asia at the Economic Leaders' Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum ( APEC) was also turned upside down, this time by an intercontinental ballistic missile launch by North Korea.

The projectile in question, fired on Friday morning, traveled about 1,000 km before sinking at sea in Japan's exclusive economic zone, i.e. in an area that extends 370 km off the coast of a state. According to statements by the Japanese Minister of Defense reported by Reuters, this missile would have a range of 15,000 kilometers, which means that it could strike targets in the United States.

This most recent test – the 60th missile launch this year, according to a Reuters tally – has forced several heads of state attending this APEC leaders meeting, including Justin Trudeau, to hold an emergency meeting .

This is a clear violation of United Nations resolutions that everyone must denounce, whether in the region or elsewhere, Prime Minister Trudeau said after the meeting. He was thus echoing the remarks of the other participants in this discussion, namely his counterparts from Japan, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea, as well as the American Vice-President Kamala Harris.

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In response to the North Korean fire, the United States and South Korea conducted a new series of aerial military exercises. Pyongyang's repeated ballistic tests in recent months have led Washington and its regional allies to strengthen their military partnership and conduct more combat exercises.

For North Korea, Tokyo, Seoul and Washington are only throwing oil on the fire: the stronger this alliance, the fiercer the military response from the DPRK [People's and Democratic Republic of Korea, editor's note] will be, a stressed North Korean Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui.

APEC leaders were not the only heads of state to take part in the summit. Its organizers have also invited leaders from elsewhere, including Emmanuel Macron and Mohammed bin Salman, the controversial crown prince of Saudi Arabia.

Justin Trudeau participated in an informal dialogue and to a working lunch with them and other APEC members. The theme of these discussions: sustainable trade and investment.

Canada and Saudi Arabia are the world's sixth and second largest oil producers, respectively. The CO2 emissions of the two states are around 15 tons per capita, according to the World Bank, while the world average is 4.5 tons. What's more, Canada does not support the oil and gas reduction requested at COP27.

With information from Reuters, Agence France- Press and Louis Blouin

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