Liberal Taiwan caucus chairman says Taiwan should be at the table with other nations


The chairman of the Parliament’s Canada-Taiwan Friendship Group said Taiwan should become a member of international organizations to discuss issues and threats affecting the entire planet.

Speaking in Taipei during the friendship group’s visit to Taiwan this week, Liberal MP Judy Sgro said Taiwan should become a member of the World Health Organization and the International Civil Aviation Organization. .

“Why wouldn’t they be part of the WHO, ICAO and these other international organizations? [Their membership] shouldn’t be a threat to anyone,” she said on Friday.

“Taiwan should be at the table in these major discussions when we talk about health issues and safety issues.”

MPs who took part in the visit to Taiwan included Liberal MP Angelo Lacono, Bloc Québécois MP Simon-Pierre Savard-Tremblay and Conservative MPs Chris Lewis and Richard Martel.

China regards Taiwan as a breakaway province and regards any expression of support by a foreign government as interference in its internal affairs.

Canada has a “one China policy” which does not recognize Taiwan as a sovereign political entity, although Canada maintains a cultural and commercial relationship with the country.

The Chinese Embassy in Ottawa hastened to denounce the visit of Canadian parliamentarians.

Beijing pushes back

“Despite China’s tough stance, Judy Sgro and [four] other members of the Canadian Parliament persist in visiting the Chinese region of Taiwan, which flagrantly violates the one-China principle, grossly interferes in China’s internal affairs and sends a very bad signal to separatist forces Taiwan separatists,” the statement said.

China said in the statement that the “one China policy” is an international norm and the foundation of China’s relations with countries like Canada.

“China will continue to take resolute and strong measures to defend its national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and oppose interference by outside forces in China’s internal affairs,” the statement said.

Sgro and the other MPs in the group said that despite China’s condemnation, the trip was a success as it revealed several business opportunities for Canadian and Taiwanese companies.

“We’re here to learn. We did. We’ll bring those voices and those messages back to Canada and look where there are opportunities to make those connections and promote business,” Sgro said.

“The fact that not everyone is happy that we’re here, well, that’s unfortunate. But we’re here and we’ve had a wonderful week and can’t wait to get back to messaging.”

More chips needed for auto industry: Lewis

Lewis, who represents the Ontario riding of Essex, said Ontario’s auto industry is struggling with a shortage of some electronic products produced in Taiwan. During his visit to the country, he said, he spoke directly to manufacturers asking for increased supplies.

“We have parking lots full of cars, finished product cars, which sit in the parking lot, cannot be sold, because we don’t have semiconductors,” he said.

Lewis said he and other lawmakers had met with senior executives from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd., the world’s largest contract chipmaker, and asked them to “put Canada at the top of the list.”

Lewis said deputies were assured that Taiwan was working “very diligently” to build more chips.

During the visit, Sgro received the Special Diplomacy Medal from Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu at a ceremony in Taipei.

“I appreciate being recognized for all the work we have done together and look forward to continuing our friendship for many years to come with some,” she said in a social media post.

Taiwan’s foreign ministry hosted a dinner for the group and said in a social media post that it appreciated Canada’s friendship.

“We are grateful for the support of like-minded lawmakers and feel truly blessed to call them our friends,” the ministry said in the post.


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