Time is ripe for Canada to revisit relationship with Taiwan: think tank

Macdonald-Laurier Institute proposes Canada review relations with Taiwan in face of Chinese intimidation

Image/Macdonald-Laurier Institute

Image/Macdonald-Laurier Institute

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A Canadian think thank is hosting a panel event on April 16 in Ottawa to explore issues with regards to the relationship between Taiwan and Canada, as the island country marks the 40th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act.

The seminar is a collaboration between Macdonald-Laurier Institute (MLI) and the University of Ottawa’s Chair of Taiwan Studies, according to a press release from the institute.

Hosting the panel titled “Embracing Taiwan – Canada has more options than we realize,” MLI believes it is time that the North American country examines how others treat Taiwan and “stop being intimidated by China.”

As much as Taiwan enjoys a reputation as a vibrant democracy and despite the fact that it has been an important trading partner, “Canada has tended to let China dictate how we will manage our relationship with Taipei,” MLI points out.

Canada has been offering Taiwan solid support in its pursuit of a more meaningful role in international organizations, and the two can work to unlock the potential of closer cooperation in tech and innovative industries, CNA quoted Representative Chen Wen-yi (陳文儀) of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Canada as saying.

The panel will be joined by J. Michael Cole, a Taipei-based Senior Fellow with the China Policy Institute, University of Nottingham; Jonathan Berkshire Miller, a Senior Fellow with the Asian Forum Japan; Scott Simon, Chair of Taiwan Studies, at the University of Ottawa; and David Kilgour, an MLI Senior Fellow.

To see the full press release, visit the MacDonald Laurier Institute website.

Updated : 2021-03-08 14:40 GMT+08:00