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View John Williamson Profile
CPC (NB)
Yes, I think that's a good point.
I'm going to turn now to Professor Medeiros.
I take your point that what we're seeing in Hong Kong is not a prelude to war and that we have to be careful. Not only does Canada have about 300,000 citizens in the territory, but there are millions of like-minded friends in Hong Kong, literally millions. I think the talk of a cold war is overstated because of, as Mr. Cheung just said, the ethnonationalism we see on display in China.
I'd like your thoughts. Should we think of what we're seeing in Asia now as more akin to what we saw with respect to Imperial Japan: a nationalist population and government, an expansionary state and a military regime that does not have civilian oversight? If that's the case, should the attention now not turn completely to Taiwan? Taiwan is the nation island. China wants it, and it has long made this clear. Do we not need to stick together on this, particularly with the Taiwan Defence Act in the United States? If this is not managed properly, unlike Hong Kong, this could lead to a real clash in the South China Sea.
Could I get your comments on that? You have just over a minute to respond.
View John Williamson Profile
CPC (NB)
I have 15 seconds to ask you this.
You mentioned that the one country, two systems is caput and that the Sino-British declaration is now null and void. What does this mean for Taiwan?
View John Williamson Profile
CPC (NB)
Thank you.
Are you able to speak to Taiwan at all? Is that in your bailiwick?
View John Williamson Profile
CPC (NB)
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
Ambassador Mulroney, we actually met 20 years ago in your office in Taipei. I was covering the Taiwanese election there. I think that place remains the truest expression of Chinese democracy, and it's on display every number of years for the world to see that democracy is alive and well in Taiwan.
I'm curious. You've had a long career in mainland China and Taiwan, and you're familiar with the area. Have your views evolved in terms of Taiwan? Looking back 20 years, and before that, how have your views concerning mainland China and Beijing changed over the years, or perhaps they have not?
View John Williamson Profile
CPC (NB)
Mr. Chair, Canada is grateful for Taiwan's donation of half a million surgical masks to Canada, to our country.
Is the government willing to support Taiwan's WHO membership as a condition of WHO reforms?
View John Williamson Profile
CPC (NB)
Okay. Fair enough.
This is an odd question, but how does the department refer to Taiwan? Is it the Republic of China, is it Beijing, is it Taipei? What's the official line on Taiwan? Is it Free China?
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View John Williamson Profile
CPC (NB)
The Americans refer to it as their unsinkable battleship, and we refer to Taiwan as the economy.
View John Williamson Profile
CPC (NB)
No, no. In a document, you don't refer to “an economy”. What do you call Taiwan? I'm just curious to know how to refer to this piece of real estate.
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