Ottawa, ON – On Wednesday, April 27th, the Hon. Michael Chong, Conservative Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, held a meeting with Representative Winston Wen-yi Chen of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Canada about Canada-Taiwan relations.

MP Chong highlighted several items with Representative Chen, including:

  • MP Chong congratulating Taiwan on its effective handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and reiterating the Conservatives’ support for Taiwan’s inclusion in the upcoming 75th World Health Assembly. MP Chong also indicated the Conservatives’ support for Taiwan’s inclusion in the 41st International Civil Aviation Organization Triennial Assembly.
  • The Canadian Indo-Pacific strategy anticipated for release in the coming months, the interplay it may have with Canada’s increased defense spending, and its role in shaping engagement between Canada and Taiwan.
  • Conservatives’ belief that Canada needs to broaden and deepen ties with liberal democracies, such as Taiwan.

Representative Chen and MP Chong shared their concerns about the war between Ukraine and Russia. They discussed China warplanes entering Taiwan’s air defense identification zone and emphasized the importance of maintaining peace, security, and stability in the region. Representative Chen reiterated Taiwan’s desire to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.  Representative Chen and MP Chong discussed the potential for strengthening trade relations between Canada and Taiwan and agreed to continue the dialogue on Canada-Taiwan relations.