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Lawmakers plan to visit Taiwan this fall if travel budget is approved

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The Canadian Press

The Canadian Press

{ OTTAWA — A panel of Canadian parliamentarians is seeking budget approval to conduct a trade trip to Taiwan this fall, but the plan could increase tensions with China.

NDP MP Brian Masse, a member of the House International Trade Committee, said the trip is still in the planning stages.

Randy Horbach, a Conservative MP and committee vice chairman, said Canadian lawmakers said he had been to Taiwan twice a year before the COVID-19 outbreak. But now he wants to consult Global Affairs before he travels to Canada.

Earlier this month, China condemned House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan.

China considers the island of Taiwan to be its own territory, and Beijing has imposed sanctions on Pelosi in retaliation for her visit, holding military exercises around Taiwan to express its displeasure.

During Pelosi's visit, Foreign Secretary Melanie Jolie urged China to de-escalate tensions, and lawmakers, who often make international visits, called lawmakers to justify China's decision to hold military exercises. Said it shouldn't be used.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on August 17, 2022.