Embracing Taiwan: Canada has more options than we realise

When Canada switched its diplomatic recognition from the Republic of China (Taiwan) to the People’s Republic of China (Beijing), we did not give up on our close relationship with Taiwan. Indeed our agreement with Beijing said nothing more than that we “took note” of China’s position on Taiwan.

Yet despite Taiwan being a close friend and important trading partner, as well as a vibrant democracy in a dangerous region, Canada has tended to let China dictate how we will manage our relationship with Taipei. In contrast, other countries have done far more to build their relationship with Taiwan without compromising their relations with China.

On the 40th anniversary of America’s Taiwan Relations Act, is it time for Canada to look at how others manage their relations with Taiwan and stop being intimidated by China?

With that in mind, MLI will be hosting a panel event on April 16, 2019 in Ottawa to explore these issues, in partnership with the University of Ottawa’s Chair of Taiwan Studies.


  • J. Michael Cole, Taipei-based Senior Fellow with the China Policy Institute, University of Nottingham
  • Jonathan Berkshire Miller, Senior Fellow, Asian Forum Japan
  • Scott Simon, Chair of Taiwan Studies, University of Ottawa
  • David Kilgour, Former MP and MLI Senior Fellow

Moderated by:

  • Ashley Deng-Yu Chen, Student

Event details:

  • Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2019
  • Time: 10 am – 12 pm (Registration starts at 9:30 am)
  • Location: Kildare House, 323 Chapel Street, Ground Floor

For more information about the event, including registration, please contact Allison Carrigan at allison.carrigan@mli.dev.pcomms.ca.


Is the venue close to public transit?

Yes, the following bus routes come close to the venue:

  • Bus 19 – Stop located at Laurier & Chapel (1 minute walk)
  • Bus 16 – Stop located at Chapel & Somerset (4 minute walk)
  • Bus 7 – Stop located at Rideau & Friel (9 minute walk)

What are my parking options for getting to and from the event?

We will obtain a special occassion parking permit from the City, which will enable overtime parking (where parking is permitted) on the following streets:

  • Chapel Street
  • Blackburn Avenue
  • Russell Avenue
  • Sweetland Avenue
  • Goulbourn Avenue

We will provide a copy of this permit to registrants closer to the event, and will also have some copies available at the registration desk.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

If you have any questions, please contact Allison at allison.carrigan@mli.dev.pcomms.ca.

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