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Prerecorded video remarks by Minister Jaushieh Joseph Wu for the opening of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, Montreal

  • Data Source:Department of North American Affairs
  • Date:2023-12-04

Jaushieh Joseph Wu

Minister of Foreign Affairs

Republic of China (Taiwan)

December 4, 2023

(As Prepared for Delivery)

ladies and gentlemen:


Today marks a significant milestone in Taiwan-Canada relations. The inauguration of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Montreal underscores Taiwan’s commitment to strengthening its bonds with Canada. These bonds are founded on our shared values of democracy and freedom as well as our common aspiration to build a more peaceful and prosperous future.

The Montreal office commences operations today, joining Taiwan’s existing locations in Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver. Our growing presence in Canada demonstrates our desire to forge more robust relations between our two countries. We greatly value our friendship and look forward to further expanding our partnership in all spheres—from trade and investment to science and technology, culture and education, indigenous affairs, and health and medicine.

This moment also provides an opportunity for me to express my gratitude to Canada for consistently upholding the commitment outlined in its Indo-Pacific strategy to support peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. Firmly opposing any unilateral actions that threaten the cross-strait status quo, Canada is a staunch partner for Taiwan in promoting regional security. We will continue to work with Canada and other like-minded countries to foster a free and open Indo-Pacific.

In addition, I extend my heartfelt appreciation to our friends in Canada for their unwavering support of Taiwan’s meaningful participation in international organizations such as ICAO and WHO. The challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic underscored the importance of global solidarity. Taiwan stands ready to contribute to international efforts to promote health and well-being of the peoples in need.

Recent developments have also highlighted the need to bolster strategic alliances and shore up supply chain resilience. The successful conclusion of negotiations between Taiwan and Canada on a foreign investment promotion and protection arrangement in October reflects our determination to create a robust trade and investment environment.

With the establishment of the Montreal office, we are poised to open a new chapter in connections between Taiwan and Québec. We look forward to more exchanges in the fields of business, trade, investment, education, and culture. The new office will also offer enhanced services for Canadians who wish to explore Taiwan and take advantage of its position as a gateway to Asia.

In closing, I thank everyone who has contributed to realizing this long-awaited goal. May the office serve as a bridge to connect the people of Québec and Taiwan, bringing us closer together. And may our partnership continue to flourish in the years to come. 

Vive l’amitié entre Taïwan et le Canada!  (台加友誼長存) Merci!