Austin: What is Canada's biggest international opportunity in 2012?
Canada's biggest strategic challenge is to become relevant to the Asia Pacific community which is composed of more than 60% of the world's population and has much of the world's fastest economic growth. There are key new relationships being created among the intra Asian communities. They are concerned not only with trade and services but also with national security, cultural growth and social development. The United States has decided that engagement with the Asia Pacific community at all policy levels is it's top priority. Canada has yet to move from the starting gate.