US Secretary of State Antony Blinken listens as Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly speaks during a joint press conference following bilateral talks in Ottawa on Thursday. Photo: The Canadian Press via AP
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken listens as Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly speaks during a joint press conference following bilateral talks in Ottawa on Thursday. Photo: The Canadian Press via AP

Canada to join US-led Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, vows to play ‘bigger role’ in region

  • Seeking way forward from fraught relations with Beijing, Ottawa joins 13-nation alliance viewed as centrepiece of American strategy
  • Top American envoy praises announcement, saying US will ‘closely consult’ IPEF nations on process for considering new members