The Globe and Mail: Taiwan pitches Ottawa on closer relationship as dispute with China drags on

“I want to expand and deepen the relationship with Canada,” he said.

“We are both democratic countries. We do things according to international norms and regulations.”

In the days after Ms. Meng’s arrest, Beijing seized two Canadians whom it’s since accused of espionage. Soybean and canola seed producers have seen purchases by Chinese buyers slow to a trickle and China has also formally barred imports of Canadian pork and beef.

“We have been through the experience that you are currently suffering,” Mr. Chen said. His office functions as the de-facto embassy for Taiwan in Ottawa.

“That is something we are very familiar with. They can stop imports. Stop tourists.”

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