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Ministers, parliamentarians at Taiwan event anger China

By Chelsea Nash      

Liberal MPs Hedy Fry and Wayne Easter call Taiwan a country though Canada doesn’t recognize it as one.

Liberal MPs Hedy Fry, left, and Wayne Easter speaking last week at an Ottawa event held by Taiwanese authorities in Canada. The Hill Times photographs by Sam Garcia

The Chinese Embassy has blasted Canadian parliamentarians and cabinet ministers for attending a dinner reception last week held by Taiwanese authorities, noting that "This is inconsistent with the new Liberal government statement on strengthening Canada-China relations." At a time when Canada is trying to build economic and cultural ties with China, toward a possible free trade deal, Chinese Embassy spokesperson Counsellor Yang Yundong said "We express our strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition" to the speeches by a couple cabinet ministers—Veterans Affairs Minister Kent

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