The Canadian Globe and Mail reported today that the Canadian government supports Taiwan to invite the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) conference to be unveiled at the Montreal on the 24th.
The ICAO Annual Meeting is held every three years. This year is the 40th and will be held at the Montreal headquarters from September 24th to October 4th. The Globe and Mail pointed out that when Canadian Foreign Ministry spokesperson John Babcock replied to the circular reporter’s enquiry , he cautiously stated: “Canada supports Taiwan’s meaningful participation in international organizations with actual needs, Taiwan is absent. Detrimental to global interests.”
John McKenna, chairman of the Air Transport Association of Canada, also said that in view of the large number of international flights in Taiwan, it would make sense to include Taiwan in ICAO activities.
McKenna said: “This is about flight safety. From a strict operational and non-political point of view, I think Taiwan should be present.”
Circular Mail also asked about the position of the Chinese Embassy and the Taiwan Representative Office in Canada.
Regarding Taiwan’s participation in international organizations including ICAO, the Chinese Embassy in Canada reiterated China’s consistent position that the case must be handled in accordance with the one-China principle.
Chen Wenyi, a Taiwanese representative in Canada, emphasized to the circular that the one-China policy does not mean neglecting Taiwan. “We are talking about technical meetings, not discussing China.”
Chen Wenyi also pointed out that China’s actions are “clear” and it is bullying. “In this case, we are not part of them. They cannot control the Taipei Flight Information Region; all air travellers rely on us.”
The Globe and Mail said that since Canada’s extradition request in December last year to arrest Huawei’s chief financial officer, Meng Xiazhou, Canada-China relations have been extremely tight. Beijing has seized two Canadian citizens, stopped buying rapeseed and soybeans, and banned imports from Canada. Pork and beef.
Now, Canada’s support for Taiwan’s invitation to participate is obviously different from China’s. Wenran Jiang, a professor at the University of British Columbia’s School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, urged Ottawa to be careful not to intensify tensions with Beijing.
Jiang Wenran said to the ring mail, “We (Canada) need to make an accurate appeal instead of making the relationship worse, or being thought to support Hong Kong to protest or support Taiwan. If the Canadian move is interpreted as hostile, Canada-China relations will Further worse.”
Scott Simon, co-chairman of Taiwan Studies at the University of Ottawa, said that Taiwan was officially invited to participate in the ICAO conference in 2013, but after Tsai Ing-wen took over as president in Taiwan in 2016, Taiwan was not invited to participate.
According to Huan Mail, the Canadian Foreign Ministry’s statement in support of Taiwan’s invitation was based on the communiqué signed by the Foreign Ministers’ Meeting of the Group of Seven (G7) in April. The Foreign Minister’s Gazette stated: “Supporting all active members of the international aviation community to actively participate in the ICAO Forum to exclude certain members for political purposes, which is detrimental to the safety and security of flight.”