(OTTAWA) Canada and South Korea have begun talks to exchange defense and security intelligence as the two countries work to counter growing threats from Russia and China.

The agreement to draw up an intelligence-sharing pact, called the General Agreement on Information Security, capped the second official visit by Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly to the Asian country. from the east.

Ms. Joly explains that developing common priorities with South Korea is part of Canada’s Indo-Pacific Strategy.

She adds that South Korea is a strong and trustworthy partner with which Canada continues to deepen and strengthen its cooperation.

In October, Ms. Joly announced a similar draft information-sharing agreement with Japan.

She said at the time that intelligence sharing would help Canada “better counter threats at home while working with partners to create greater stability in the region.”