Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes part in a bilateral meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama at the APEC Summit in Manila. (Photo: Sean Kilpatrick/CP)Trudeau had evidently digested his pre-trip briefing of hot local issues. The irritant of foreign garbage in the Philippines certainly qualifies, since ships laden with foreign waste have been arriving in the Philippines for about a decade and a half. In 2013, an Ontario company shipped 50 containers of waste, weighing 2,500 tonnes, through Vancouver, declaring it as scrap metal for recycling. It was later found to be rotting kitchen waste, including used adult diapers. There have been demonstrations at the Canadian embassy in the Philippines and calls for the garbage to be sent home. In response to the reporter's question, Trudeau said Canada was working on legislation that would give it some recourse to take action against companies. "I know that this has exposed a problem that needs fixing within our own legislation," Trudeau said, before the journalist pushed for more.
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"Soft power, not hard power, will define Mr. Trudeau's global security policies."One of Trudeau's trump cards coming into these two summits was the legacy of his father, Pierre. Earlier in Turkey, China's President Xi Jinping told Trudeau his father had exhibited "extraordinary political vision" in establishing relations with his country, and he wanted to move them forward. South Korean President Park Geun-hye was effusive in her meeting with Trudeau at APEC saying she hoped Trudeau — like his father —would succeed in "achieving real change" in Canada's foreign policy. Pierre Trudeau "spent a great deal of energy strengthening and enhancing Canada's relationship with Asian countries and likewise I do trust that you will serve the cause of peace and prosperity in the Asia Pacific as well," Park told the prime minister. Hampson said the legacy of Trudeau's father set the tone of his first meetings with leaders from Asia, a region the prime minister has placed particular economic emphasis on. "If this translates into a deeper engagement and reorientation towards the Asia-Pacific, this will be all for the good at a time when Canada must tap into these markets for its future growth and prosperity," said Hampson. But first, Hampson said Trudeau's new government must firmly commit itself to the TPP — a view shared by many others, including U.S. President Barack Obama and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. "Right now, that is the only game in town." As for Canada's top bilateral relationship with the United States, Trudeau's meeting with Obama unfolded smoothly despite some recent disagreement on the ill-fated Keystone XL pipeline. Obama extended a warm invitation to the White House to Trudeau and his wife. "Across the board," the president said, "our interests align."