The Canadian foreign ministry made waves recently when they listed Taiwan among the ‘unwelcome countries’ for its national day celebration, the Canadian Press reported last Sunday. So much for that reputation of being mild-mannered and hospitable, eh?
According to The China Post:
The Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development circulates a “persona non grata” list in June each year, warning its overseas missions to bar these countries from attending local events marking Canada Day, which falls on July 1.
North Korea, Fiji, Belarus, Iran, Syria, Guinea-Bissau and Madagascar were the countries on last year’s list, largely because of Canada’s disapproval of unelected or “badly behaved” governments, the Canadian Press said.
Taiwan is also on the list this year, though only because Canada does not recognize the nation as a state rather than any disapproval of its government, the news agency said.
Canada, like most countries in the world, supports the “One-China policy” that recognizes Beijing instead of Taipei.
This comes at a time where Canada and Taiwan are building closer ties. Taiwan’s been part of Canada’s visa waiver program since 2010 and both countries signed last year an agreement that aims to increase the number of bilateral flights.
Taiwan officials found the comments in the report only “regrettable” and didn’t seem that bothered. Ah, who wants to spend an entire day watching hockey reruns in a wigwam anyway, right? (snap)
By Aliaume Leroy
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