Canadian Trade Office in Taipei

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Canadian Trade Office in Taipei
TW 台北 Taipei 信義區 Xinyi District 松智路 Songzhi Road view SongGao Road office building night Feb-2013.JPG
Location Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan
 Republic of China
Address 6th Floor, No. 1, Song-Zhi Road

The Canadian Trade Office in Taipei (CTOT; Chinese: 加拿大駐台北貿易辦事處; pinyin: Jiānádà Zhù Táiběi Màoyì Bànshì Chù) is Canada's representation in the Republic of China (Taiwan).


From 1942 to 1946 the Canadian representative to ROC was based in the exile capital of Chongqing, Nanking from 1946 to 1949 and finally in Taipei from 1949 to 1971.

Canada and the People's Republic of China (PRC) signed a joint communiqué marking the establishment of diplomatic relations on October 13, 1970. In the text, Canada recognises the PRC government as the "sole legal government of China" and "takes note" of China's position that Taiwan is an "inalienable part of the territory" of the PRC.[1] The language of the communiqué does not indicate active Canadian assent to the PRC's claim to Taiwan. However, given the stance of the PRC government that countries with which it has diplomatic relations refrain from official relations with the Republic of China, Canada deals with Taiwan in an "unofficial" manner. Consequently, Canada does not have an embassy or consulate general in Taipei, nor consulates in other cities in Taiwan, but instead has an officially unofficial "trade office."

The CTOT started operations on November 28, 1986. Staff were initially drawn from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, but the CTOT is now fully funded by the Government of Canada and staffed by Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada and Citizenship and Immigration Canada. Despite its name, the CTOT does not differ from any other Canadian overseas mission. The CTOT does everything from issuing Canadian passports and providing consular services, to promoting trade and investment cooperation and cultural/educational exchanges. In addition, there are also provincial representatives from the Governments of Alberta and Quebec.

The ROC, likewise, is represented in Canada by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, which has established offices in Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver. The Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) has operated non-governmental trade offices in Canada since the creation of the Far East Trade Services in Montreal in 1970.

List of Heads of Trade Mission[edit]

Mulroney would later serve as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the PRC (2009-2012)


List of representatives or ambassadors to the ROC prior to 1971:


CTOT is accessible within walking distance South of Taipei City Hall Station of the Taipei Metro.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mackerras, Colin and Amanda Yorke. The Cambridge Handbook of Contemporary China (New York: Press Syndicate of the University of Cambridge, 1991). 152. ISBN 0-521-38755-8


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