Canadian Trade Office in Taipei
|Canadian Trade Office in Taipei
Le Bureau commercial du Canada à Taipei
The Hua-Hsin Building, location of the CTOT
|Location||Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan
|Address||6th Floor, No. 1, Song-Zhi Road|
The Canadian Trade Office in Taipei (CTOT), (French: Le Bureau commercial du Canada à Taipei); (Chinese: 加拿大駐台北貿易辦事處; pinyin: Jiānádà Zhù Táiběi Màoyì Bànshì Chù; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Ka-ná-tāi chù Tâi-pak Bō͘-e̍k Pān-sū-chhù) is Canada's representation in Taiwan, which functions as a de facto embassy in the absence of diplomatic relations. The current Executive Director of the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei is Mario Ste-Marie.
Canada established diplomatic representation with the Republic of China (ROC) in 1942, when it dispatched an ambassador to the temporary capital of Chongqing. The Canadian embassy was moved to Nanjing in 1946, where it remained until the city was taken by Communist forces on April 23, 1949. Canada chose not to post establish an embassy in Taipei, instead maintaining relations through a trade mission in Manila. Canadian citizens in Taiwan received consular assistance from the British consulate.
Canada and the People's Republic of China (PRC) signed a joint communiqué marking the establishment of diplomatic relations on October 13, 1970, in which 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. It is the position of the PRC government that countries with which it has diplomatic relations may not also maintain official relations with the Republic of China.
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 in Canada, 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 Executive Directors
- Robert Kelly (Canadian Chamber of Commerce, 1986-1988);
- John Clayden (Canadian Chamber of Commerce, 1988-1991);
- Ron Berlet (External Affairs Canada 1991-1993, Foreign Affairs Canada 1993 onwards, 1991-1995);
- Hugh Stephens (Foreign Affairs Canada, 1995-1998);
- David Mulroney (Foreign Affairs Canada, 1998-2001);
- Ted Lipman (Foreign Affairs Canada, 2001-2004);
- Gordon Houlden (Foreign Affairs Canada, 2004-2006);
- Ron MacIntosh (Foreign Affairs Canada, 2006-2009);
- Scott Fraser (Foreign Affairs Canada, 2009-2012);
- Kathleen Mackay (Foreign Affairs Canada, 2012–10 August 2015
- Mario Ste-Marie (Foreign Affairs Canada, 2015–)
- List of diplomatic missions in Taiwan
- Foreign relations of Canada
- Foreign relations of Taiwan
- Political status of Taiwan
- Whitlam hasn't dumped Taiwan, Bruce Grant, The Age, July 14, 1971, page 5
- No Envoy to Taiwan, United Press International, The Milwaukee Journal, October 18, 1970
- Canada, Peking Establish Diplomatic Ties, New York Times News Service, Bangor Daily News, October 13, 1970
- Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade, House of Commons, Tuesday, June 14, 2005
- Taiwan honors departing Canadian envoy for efforts to promote ties, Focus Taiwan, August 4, 2015
- David Mulroney, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto