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Time to step on the gas, not to hit the brakes

  • Diedrah Kelly

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Sat, August 8 2020   /  01:00 am
The flags of ASEAN member states.(Shutterstock.com/Thapakorn Hemgo)

Canada and Southeast Asia are divided by the Pacific Ocean, but they are linked by people-to-people, cultural and commercial ties and an array of shared interests that reach across geographical barriers. Harmony in diversity and inclusivity are as fundamental to the ASEAN Community as they are to Canada. Canada has two official languages and is home to people from more than 200 ethnic origins and speakers of more than 200 other languages. This diversity is spread across Canada and has many connections to Southeast Asia. For instance, there are 27,000 Indonesian language speakers in Canada, and Tagalog is among the most spoken languages in Calgary, one of Canada’s largest cities, because of its large Filipino diaspora. Canada is proud of its vibrant and diverse culture and works hard to ensure inclusivity within its borders and also in its engagement with all of its partners, ...