China has warned that if Canada interferes in Taiwan, it will take “forceful measures”.This comes only a week after it was revealed that a delegation of Canadian legislators was scheduled to visit the island later this year to examine economic opportunities.
Under the “one-China principle” China claims Taiwan as its territory and objects to foreign leaders visiting the island. Taiwan, which is democratically governed, opposes China’s claims.
“We urge the Canadian side to abide by the one-China principle and respect China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the Chinese embassy in Canada said late Tuesday in a statement.
“China will take resolute and forceful measures against any country that attempts to interfere with or infringe upon China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the Chinese embassy stated.
Members of a Canada-Taiwan legislative “friendship group” which receives no administrative or financial backing from the Canadian legislature, had planned to visit the self-ruled island in October, according to Liberal Member of Parliament Judy Sgro. more info
Sgro stated that the trip would be focused on commerce, and that the parliamentarians’ intention was not to disrupt or cause issues for Taiwan or China.
The Canadian government stated in a statement that parliamentary organizations and friendship groups were independent, and that it supported the lawmakers’ intention to visit Taiwan.
Canada, like the rest of the West, adheres to a one-China policy, diplomatically recognizing Beijing rather than Taipei, while unofficially supporting Taiwan.
China-Western relations have deteriorated since U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan earlier this month, against Beijing’s wishes.
Source: Reuters News