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Asean and Canada - building bridges across the Pacific

At a time of growing protectionism, both parties have even more to gain by building on existing ties. One possibility is a free trade agreement

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I want to begin my essay by stating that I have a very positive attitude towards Canada. I served twice as Singapore's high commissioner to Canada when I was based at the United Nations in New York. During those 13 years, I met many Canadian leaders, including Canada's most famous and charismatic prime minister, Mr Pierre Trudeau, the father of the current Prime Minister.

Mr Trudeau and Mr Lee Kuan Yew were good friends and mutual admirers.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 04, 2018, with the headline Asean and Canada - building bridges across the Pacific. Subscribe