A delegation of federal deputies visits Taiwan under high diplomatic tension

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A delegation of federal deputies visits Taiwan under high diplomatic tension

President Tsai Ing-wen during Taiwan National Day celebrations.

Amid heightened tensions with China, a delegation of five MPs from the Canada-Taiwan Friendship Group of the Canadian Parliament arrived in Taiwan on Sunday, where they plan to do various activities during their six-day stay. /p>

The five Canadian MPs will attend National Day celebrations on Monday and are also expected to meet President Tsai Ing-wen, according to the press release issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.< /p> Start of widget. Skip the widget?

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Through this political visit, Taiwan demonstrates the strong support of the Canadian Parliament […] at a time when China is unjustifiably escalating regional tensions.< /p>

The ministerial communiqué also salutes the common values ​​of Canada and Taiwan, namely democracy, freedom, human rights and the rule of law.

< p class="sc-v64krj-0 knjbxw">This is the first time that a delegation from the Canadian Parliament has visited Taiwan since the start of the pandemic, said the Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The visit of this Canadian delegation had been floated in August as a possibility by the Chair of the Canada-Taiwan Friendship Group, Liberal MP Judy Sgro.

In addition to Ms. Sgro, the delegation includes Liberal MP Angelo Iacono, that of the Bloc Québécois Simon-Pierre Savard-Tremblay as well as the Conservative MPs Richard Martel and Chris Lewis.

The Canada-Taiwan Friendship Group is one of more than 60 friendship groups on Parliament Hill. It had no less than 89 members in 2021, according to a statement issued by the Taiwanese government last summer.

According to the description of their project, unveiled at in mid-August, elected officials wanted to emulate Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, who made a similar trip this summer.

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

Taiwan President, Tsai Ing-wen, will commit, during an important speech on Monday on the occasion of the National Day, to strengthen the defense capacities of the island in a context of renewed tensions with China.

China considers Taiwan an integral part of its territory and the visit in August of the speaker of the American House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, to the island had exacerbated the tensions between the United States and China, thus giving led to military maneuvers by Beijing.

Tsai Ing-wen's planned speech, described to Reuters by a source, says Taiwan's president will discuss plans to strengthen national defense combat power and boost people's morale.

In addition to reaffirming Taiwan's determination to increase its defense and strengthen its position in maintaining peace and stability in the region, the President will also dwell on efforts to build combat power and national defense resilience, the source added.

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen while recording a message about Chinese military exercises around the island.

Launched by Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan's modernization program for military equipment is marked by rising defense spending as China persists in its claims against the island.

His speech is expected to be delivered outside the presidential palace in central Taipei, where a military parade will also take place. In it, Tsai Ing-wen will argue that democratic resilience is the key to protecting Taiwan, according to our source.

This involves continuing to deepen international cooperation and building strong ties with the island's democratic allies, Taiwan's president is expected to say.

This planned speech will be delivered within a week ahead of the opening of the Chinese Communist Party Congress in Beijing, where President Xi Jinping is expected to return for a third five-year term.

China, not excluding China use of force, pledged to work for peaceful reunification with Taiwan under the one country, two systems model, a project rejected by all major Taiwanese political parties.

With information from Reuters

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