The Canadian Congress issued the "Taiwan Report", which comprehensively outlines Canada-Taiwan relations.
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[Compiled by Sun Yuqing/Comprehensive Report] Ken Hardie, chairman of the Canadian Parliament’s Select Committee on Canada-China Relations and member of the ruling Liberal Party, delivered a speech in the House of Representatives on the 30th local time entitled "Canada and Taiwan: A Firm Relationship in a Turbulent Times" ( Canada and Taiwan: A Strong Relationship in Turbulent Times) comprehensively outlines Canada-Taiwan relations and emphasizes that "Taiwan's future can only be determined by the people of Taiwan."
"Radio Free Asia" (RFA) reported on March 31 that the report compiled the testimonies of Canadian and Taiwan government officials, scholars and experts at the congressional hearings at the end of last year, covering "Canada's interaction with Taiwan", "Canada's The three major parts, including "Taiwan Trade and Investment Relations" and "Regional Peace and Security Situation", have been unanimously passed by the Special Committee on Canada-China Relations, and are expected to pass the review of the whole house.
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The report puts forward 18 recommendations on Canada-Taiwan relations. In addition to deepening the economic and trade relations between Canada and Taiwan, it particularly focuses on recognizing the importance of Taiwan's status and strategic security.
For example, the report mentioned that the government’s official language should not underestimate Taiwan’s status, and clearly advocated that “Taiwan’s future can only be determined by the people of Taiwan”; encourage members of Congress to visit Taiwan to promote Canada-Taiwan relations; consider diplomatic-level officials to visit Taiwan; Support Taiwan's meaningful participation in international organizations; Canada gives priority to evaluating Taiwan's application to join the "Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership" (CPTPP); supports Canada and Taiwan to sign the "Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement" (FIPA), and names should be visited by the Federal Minister of International Trade platform to sign.
Professor Scott Simon of the University of Ottawa, who specializes in cross-strait issues, said that the most important thing in the report is to highlight the status of Taiwan, which is the so-called "One China" policy in Canada. The Canadian government "noted" China's "One China Policy" ", but did not recognize that Taiwan is a part of China. This position has been known to more and more people, and the report mentioned that government agencies should not use words that dwarf Taiwan, so many things will change.
He gave an example. In the past, Canada claimed that due to the "one-China policy", it could not use government funds to support a congressional delegation to visit Taiwan. It could only be invited by the Taiwan government. That is, the Canadian government can also contribute.
In addition, the website of the Canadian federal agency "Social Science Humanities Research Council" has always listed Taiwan as a province of China. In the past, he has reflected that this is incorrect, but the agency has not corrected it. Now the report clearly states that "Taiwan should not be dwarfed." Believe that the future will change.
Tsang Hou-jen, representative of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Canada, said that the report is a very important step after Taiwan and Canada broke off diplomatic relations for more than half a century. This is the first time since the severance of diplomatic relations that this method has been used to fully describe the relationship between Taiwan and Canada, and if you look carefully at the recommendations in the report, it is actually very supportive of Taiwan between the lines.”