Canada’s Acting Envoy in Beijing to Go to Taiwan for New Appointment

Canada’s acting envoy in Beijing will be sent to Taiwan to take on the unofficial role of ambassador to the self-ruled island amid its rising tensions with China, says a report by Globe and Mail.
Jim Nickel, chargé d’affaires in Beijing, has been appointed by Ottawa to become the next executive director of the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei, whose mission is to represent Canada’s interests in Taiwan in “the absence of formal diplomatic relations.”
Canada’s current policy with Taiwan does not acknowledge its sovereignty and does not maintain official diplomatic relations with it.
News of Nickel replacing diplomat Jordan Reeves was first reported by the Globe on Sept. 15, based on information from two Canadian officials and a source in the Taiwanese government. The media outlet said it is not identifying the three as they were not authorized to publicly discuss the matter….

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