After kicking off his latest international trek by marking the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended the First World War at commemoration ceremonies in Paris and Vimy — as well as making the rounds at the Paris Peace Summit — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau heads to Singapore today to begin the second leg of his journey on the margins of the ASEAN summit, where, as CBC News reports, he’ll likely find the mood considerably less strained than was the case last year, when the annual meet-up was overshadowed by a frantic — and, at least temporarily, ultimately futile — attempt to forge a Trans-Pacific trade deal without the United States.

On Trudeau’s post-arrival to-do list this afternoon: A closed-door chat with members of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Canada-ASEAN Business Council, followed by one-on-one meetings with Temasek president Chia Song Hwee and ST Engineering CEO Vincent Chong.

After those sessions wrap up, he’ll join Canada’s high commissioner Lynn McDonald for a private dinner, before retiring for the evening to prepare for his first full day on the ASEAN circuit, which will include a roundtable chat with local “business leaders,” an appearance at the Canada-China Annual Leaders Dialogue and a signing ceremony with Singapore’s prime minister Lee Hsien Loong as well as various summit-adjacent activities.

Source: iPolitics

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