Visit to Taiwan: Justin Trudeau wants thoughtful decision from MPs

Visit to Taiwan: Justin Trudeau wants thoughtful decision from MPs

Canadian parliamentarians would like to visit Taiwan this fall, in a context of high tensions with China.

Canadian parliamentarians would like to visit Taiwan this fall; a decision that will need careful consideration, says Justin Trudeau.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government will ensure MPs consider all possible consequences of a trade trip to Taiwan.

The House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade is seeking budget approval to conduct a visit to the island nation this fall. east China.

However, there are fears the journey could escalate tensions with China, which condemned a visit to Taipei by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi earlier this month.

China regards the island of Taiwan as its territory, and Beijing imposed sanctions on Pelosi in retaliation for her visit and held military exercises across the country.

A Chinese fighter jet in flight near Taiwan. It takes part in the most important military exercises in the history of the Chinese army, involving combat aircraft, warships and ballistic missiles.

Mr. Trudeau said Friday that MPs make their own decisions about their committee studies and the trips they take.

There are important thoughts going on in this moment, he said at a press conference in the Magdalen Islands.

Mr. Trudeau has expressed concern about China's growing aggressiveness toward Taiwan, but is confident of the committee's judgment.

“I know that the parliamentary committee will think carefully with all the facts and all the analysis they will receive to make the right decision for Canada and for the world.

— Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

In English, he said that his government will ensure that parliamentarians make the decision to travel or not having taken into account the consequences and impacts of such a visit.

The International Trade Committee hopes to visit both Taiwan and Singapore during a trade mission, although the House of Commons has yet to approve a budget for the trip.

NDP MP and committee member Brian Masse argued earlier this week that Canadians must support other democracies that have fought for their rights and freedoms.

Randy Hoback, Conservative MP and deputy chair of the committee, said MPs from a Canada-Taiwan parliamentary friendship group used to visit Taiwan about twice a year before COVID-19 does not restrict movement.

Mr. Hoback has previously visited the island, located about 100 miles off the coast of southeast China, with the group.

But this time the Tory MP wishes to consult Global Affairs Canada before making the trip.

There is no intention on my part to upset China, he assured Wednesday.

Nancy Pelosi, during her visit to Taiwan, August 3, 2022

During Ms Pelosi's visit, Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly urged China to defuse tensions, saying lawmakers often make international visits and they should not be used to justify the war. China's decision to hold military exercises.

A spokeswoman for Ms. Joly said earlier this week that parliamentary associations and friendship groups travel regularly and respect their independence.

Canada continues to enjoy strong and growing trade and people-to-people ties with Taiwan, said Emily Williams. Canada is committed to upholding the rules that have ensured peace and stability for decades, including throughout the Indo-Pacific region.

The Economic and Cultural Office of Taipei in Canada said it would give its full support to the parliamentary committee for a visit that would allow conversations to continue on issues such as trade and investment, education and technology.

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