Part 1 - Opening remarks and keynote speeches. 

Part 2 - Panel discussion and Q&A.

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.

With this year marking the 40th anniversary of America's Taiwan Relations Act, MLI hosted an in-depth panel discussion on whether it is time for Canada to look at how others manage their relations with Taiwan and stop being intimidated by China.

This panel took place on April 16, 2019. A few photos of the event can be seen below. Our photo gallery can be found here.


  • 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

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