Trudeau in Vietnam to strengthen Asia-Pacific ties
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has arrived in Vietnam as part of a mission to strengthen ties in the Asia-Pacific region.
He landed in Hanoi for an official visit to a country that offers many business opportunities, but the pursuit of more trade with Vietnam comes with pressure to have frank discussions about the communist government's human-rights record.
Vietnam, projected to see economic growth this year of 6.3 per cent, features a sturdy consumer base, an emerging business class and an expanding footprint in supply chains.
Trudeau will hold meetings Wednesday with civil society leaders, the country's prime minister (Nguyen Xuan Phuc) and Communist Party secretary general (Nguyen Phu Trong) before joining the country's president (Tran Dai Quang) for a state banquet.
On Thursday, Trudeau is scheduled to travel to Ho Chi Minh City to visit the stock exchange, hold a roundtable with business leaders and appear at a university event.
He will then head to Danang on Saturday for the two-day leaders' summit for the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation bloc, which includes the U-S, China and Russia, before moving on to the Philippines for the annual meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
At both events, Canada is expected to push its trade agenda forward.
It's already engaged in exploratory trade talks with the Asia-Pacific bloc (ASEAN) as well as negotiations to salvage the Trans-Pacific Partnership accord, which many believed would fall apart following the U-S withdrawal earlier this year.