Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrived Thursday in Hiroshima, Japan, for the Group of Seven leaders’ summit, where he is expected to push for increased cooperation on global security and economics to guard against geopolitical instability and the threat of climate change.
7 items on the agenda of this year’s summit
The leaders of the G7 countries, Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and Japan, meet annually to cooperate in achieving common goals. This year’s summit focuses on seven main items on the agenda, including issues of geopolitical and global security, economic resilience, climate change and energy.
Ahead of the summit, Trudeau concluded his first official visit to South Korea today; The two countries reached agreements on supply chains for critical minerals used in electric vehicles.
The desire to expand the alliance by Canada
Canada hopes to expand its alliances beyond its traditional Western partners by seeking closer ties with South Korea and Japan. The government’s liberal Indo-Pacific strategy provides a roadmap for strengthening military and economic ties in the region to counterbalance Beijing’s influence. Seoul and Tokyo are also mending their ties as they deepen trilateral security cooperation with Washington in response to growing regional threats.
tensions with China
The meeting between the G7 nations comes amid rising tensions with China in the region and the ongoing war in Ukraine, both of which are expected to be the focus of the summit.
On Canada’s side, it is expected to seek the cooperation of G7 members in providing continued support to Ukraine as well as addressing climate change.