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Online meeting between Canadian and Taiwanese officials

2021-03-17 13:30

According to Radio Taiwan International, Canada’s Minister of International Trade Mary Ng says her recent meeting with Taiwanese Economics Minister Wang Mei-hua was a success. Ng wrote on Twitter on March 11, saying that the two had concluded an “excellent meeting”. She says the two ministers discussed “opportunities for future innovation [and] collaboration between Canada and Taiwan.”

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The meeting between the Canadian and Taiwanese officials comes as part of the yearly Taiwan-Canada Economic Consultations. Despite this long-standing arrangement, it is rare for Canadian officials to comment directly on the closed-door meeting.

Radio Taiwan International adds, Ng also says a recent virtual trade mission to Taiwan was successful. March 1 to 2 this year saw the first Canadian Women-only Virtual Business Mission to Taiwan. Both Wang and Ng gave speeches at the event.

Furthermore, according to National Post, the Taiwanese government encouraged its citizens and people from around the world to indulge in the country’s “freedom pineapples.”

And referencing a tweet by Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu for people around the world to “rally behind the #FreedomPineapple,” the Canadian Trade Office, on Taipei’s Facebook page, used the same hashtag on a picture of its chief, Jordan Reeves, posing with colleagues around a pineapple pizza.

“We in the Canadian Office like pineapple pizza, especially pineapples from Taiwan!” it wrote, adding that the idea to put pineapple on a pizza was invented by a Canadian in 1962.

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Economics minister holds meeting with Canada trade minister. Image courtesy of Mary Ng Twitter.

(說明:Economics minister holds meeting with Canada trade minister. Image courtesy of Mary Ng Twitter. )

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