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Canadian professor urges high-level exchanges with Taiwan


A professor from the University of Ottawa, Scott Simon, has called for high-level exchanges between Taiwan and Canada in a piece published in Canada’s National Post.


Simon writes that Canada limits high-level exchanges with Taiwan in an effort to please Beijing. Taiwan’s president, vice president, premier, and foreign minister are barred from visiting Canada.


However, Simon writes that Canada and Taiwan’s shared values as well as Taiwan’s wealth and concerns over Beijing’s ambitions are reasons for Ottawa to reconsider its policy.


With the Taiwan Travel Act, which encourages high-level exchanges, set to become law in the US, Simon writes that Canada, too, can help send a message to Beijing about international support for the status quo.