Canadian senators in Taiwan to promote ties
A Canadian parliamentarian delegation led by Senator Yonah Martin is visiting Taiwan to learn more about political and economic developments in the country and cross-Taiwan Strait ties, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
During a visit that began Thursday and will end next Wednesday, the delegation is meeting with Taiwanese legislators and officials at the foreign affairs, economic affairs and defense ministries and the semi-official Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF), responsible for negotiations with China, the ministry said in a statement.
The delegation is also scheduled to meet with President Ma Ying jeou on Friday.
Also in the delegation are senators Colin Kenny, Joseph A. Day, Nancy Ruth and Donald Neil Plett, the ministry said.
The ministry expected that the visit will help the Canadian senators learn more about issues of mutual concern and strengthen ties between Taiwan and Canada.
Quebec Illustrations’ Exhibition in Taipei
The “Quebec Illustrations” exhibition is being held in Taipei in an effort to promote Canada’s French culture, according to its organizer, the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei (CTOT).
The exhibition, which will run through April 24, features whimsical illustrations created by 44 artists from the province of Quebec, which has a predominantly French-speaking population, said CTOT, the office representing Canada’s interests in Taiwan in the absence of bilateral diplomatic ties.
Four Quebec authors also contributed short poems to match each of the illustrations that will go on display in the CTOT’s Mackay room, it said.
“The aim of the exhibition is to promote Canada’s French language and culture in Taiwan,” CTOT said.