ASEAN – Canada Strategic Partnership: Progress, Element of National Interest, Prospects and the Role of Viet Nam


ASEAN is a prestigious regional organization and an important partner of many countries around the world. While global multilateral institutions have constantly been facing difficulties and challenges, ASEAN has succeeded in maintaining its stable operations and its’ central role in the regional cooperative structure. A variety of its’ partners has expressed the desire to deepen and promote their relationship with ASEAN, among which Canada just announced its Indo-Pacific Strategy focusing on the partnership expansion in the Indo-Pacific region and strengthening Canada’s ties with ASEAN, joining the East Asia Summit (EAS) and ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting (ADMM) Plus. Being affected by theories of middle power, Canada’s diplomats have pursued multilateral diplomacy. However, Canada’s efforts do not necessarily match with ASEAN’s habit of approaching a bilateral Canada – ASEAN Strategic Partnership, and it might take a longer way for both parties to meet each other’s ends. Our research looks into theories of national interests and middle power, followed by the progress of this bilateral cooperation towards their Strategic Partnership along with the challenges keeping Canada, despite its multiple efforts, not yet becoming a participant in a selection of ASEAN’s central events. In addition, our research also aims to explain the origins of such challenges by considering both sides’ national interests as the vital element. By the end, we expect to visualize the developing path of ASEAN-Canada relations in the upcoming period and provide suggestions on the role of Vietnam in strengthening Canada's cooperation with ASEAN.

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Pham Thuy Trang, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Vietnam
Nguyen Phu Hai, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Vietnam

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Conference: ACSS2023
Stream: Politics

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Trang P., & Hai N. (2023) ASEAN – Canada Strategic Partnership: Progress, Element of National Interest, Prospects and the Role of Viet Nam ISSN: 2186-2303 – The Asian Conference on the Social Sciences 2023: Official Conference Proceedings
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