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[Reportage] Taiwan-Canada relations: diplomat Harry Tseng optimistic

The brand new consultant took workplace at a time when relations between Taiwan and Canada had been at a crossroads. Shortly after his arrival, the Canadian authorities launched its new Indo-Pacific Technique (new window) who sees China as an more and more disruptive international energy and stresses the significance of collaboration with Taiwan.

In an interview with Radio Canada Worldwide (ROI), Harry Tseng acknowledges that he has not often seen, in additional than 30 years of profession, the worldwide state of affairs change so shortly and during which so many nations and points are concerned on the identical time. Relations between Taiwan and Canada are actually one in all them.

{Our relationships} develop on an necessary foundation: we share the identical values. If Taiwan weren’t a mature democracy that respects human rights and worldwide requirements, relations between Taiwan and Canada wouldn’t have progressed so vigorously.

A quote from Harry Tseng, Consultant of the Taipei Financial and Cultural Workplace in Canada

Significance of Canada’s Indo-Pacific Technique

Mr. Tseng has fastidiously studied the Canadian technique for the Indo-Pacific, particularly its paragraphs regarding Taiwan. He notes that it’s talked about seven instances and that twice the brand new technique declares that Canada opposes any unilateral motion that threatens the established order within the Taiwan Strait.

He notes that the Canadian authorities didn’t make such statements up to now, and that the expression of its place on Taiwan started to vary after the G7 summit in 2021.

Canada’s Indo-Pacific Technique will body its coverage in the direction of this area for the following 10 years, even for the following few a long time. We pay explicit consideration to its affect on Taiwan and on relations between the 2 sides of the Taiwan Strait.

A quote from Harry Tseng, Consultant of the Taipei Financial and Cultural Workplace in Canada

He believes that the Canadian authorities has seen the democratic resilience of Taiwanese society. It firmly defends its democratic system, whereas many nations have seen theirs deteriorate in recent times.

He considers Taiwan and Canada nearer than evereach governmental and financial. The 2 events have, amongst different issues, began negotiations on the Overseas Funding Promotion and Safety Settlement (FIPA) one 12 months in the past.

In accordance with Statistics Canada, bilateral commerce between Canada and Taiwan elevated by 47.8% in 2021, in comparison with the earlier 12 months. That 12 months, Taiwan grew to become Canada’s eleventh largest buying and selling associate.

On November 1, 2022, Harry Tseng (4th from proper) attended a gathering of the Home of Commons Particular Committee on Canada-China Relations.

Picture: Radio-Canada / TECO in Canada

Canada may do extra

The Trudeau authorities’s coverage in the direction of Taiwan is criticized by the opposition in Ottawa, which is asking for the nation’s larger assist for Taiwan, amongst different issues by supporting its candidacy to affix the Complete and Progressive Settlement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (new window)(CPTPP). Canada has thus far remained pretty impartial on Taiwan’s membership. Furthermore, China has additionally utilized for membership.

Harry Tseng means that motion must be taken extra shortly right this moment given the turbulent worldwide state of affairs and that Canada may make its place clear by welcoming Taiwan, whether it is prepared, and any candidate who meets the excessive requirements of the CPTPP.

Nonetheless, he says he’s optimistic for the way forward for relations between the 2 nations, evaluating present Canadian coverage with that of 5 years in the past.

Taiwan is one in all a gaggle of nations that share related values. We’re additionally a really competent member. I’m glad that the worldwide group is more and more taking this into consideration.

A quote from Harry Tseng, Consultant of the Taipei Financial and Cultural Workplace in Canada

Is Taiwan able to face the assault?

Harry Tseng recollects that the Chinese language authorities has by no means promised to deprive itself of the usage of drive to annex Taiwan. Making ready for invasion is a course of. We’re doing our greatest. Will our efforts be sufficient? I hope that day won’t ever come. There will probably be no battle if Taiwan has a alternative.

Needs for 2023

Harry Tseng says he’s delighted to announce that Taiwan intends to open a brand new consultant workplace in Montreal this 12 months, the place he additionally needs to see progress within the negotiations of theOverseas Funding Promotion and Safety Settlement with Canada. After a number of years of preparations, he believes that the negotiations between the 2 events may now enter a considerable part and result in additional discussions.

Be aware: an extended model of this report can be obtainable in Conventional Chinese language and Simplified Chinese language. It was translated and edited in French by Wei Wu.

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