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China’s options to seize Taiwan

| July 9, 2021 | 0 Comments
China’s options to seize Taiwan

There is much in the news lately about an increase in tensions between China and Taiwan. Beijing sees Taiwan as a renegade province that must be reunited with the mainland. This has been a cornerstone of Chinese national security policy since Mao’s Communist Party’s victory over the Nationalist forces of Chiang Kai-Shek in 1949 and […]

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Iran’s starring role in the May 2021 conflict

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Iran’s starring role in the May 2021 conflict

The very recent fighting between Israel and the terrorist organizations Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) — both banned in Canada as foreign terrorist entities — is not about age-old grievances between Israel and Palestinians. It is about Iran. During Quds celebrations last year, according to the Associated Press, Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei called […]

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Finland and Canada: Few barriers to trade

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Finland and Canada: Few barriers to trade

Finland and Canada are similar countries in many respects. We have cold winters and share the same values, such as gender equality, democracy and human rights, and are passionate about ice hockey. Finland and Canada see climate change as one of the most pressing issues to tackle. The climate is warming twice as fast in […]

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Kuwait: Turning to the private sector

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Kuwait: Turning to the private sector

As a resource-rich country, Kuwait is diligently looking into steering the economy towards more private-sector activities, as well as exploiting other potential markets. Kuwait relies almost solely on its energy sector, with oil being the main product of export. In 2018, the nation sold approximately $79.2 billion worth of the commodity, which accounted for almost […]

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Lithuania: A gateway to EU market

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Lithuania: A gateway to EU market

What could a small European country by the Baltic Sea and a G7 country that’s more than 150 times larger and spans the Atlantic and Pacific oceans possibly have in common? Plenty, as it turns out, with innovation being one. But let’s start at the beginning. Lithuania and Canada have been close partners for decades […]

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Theatre, murals and summer fun: 9 things to do

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Theatre, murals and summer fun: 9 things to do

No question: It’s high time to rediscover the pleasures of local travel. Many public safety restrictions remain in place, but at the time of writing, opportunities for day and overnight trips were opening up in Ontario and Quebec. Our nine suggestions emphasize the outdoors (it is summer, after all) and even include a bit of […]

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Puppy love from Honduran diplomats

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Puppy love from Honduran diplomats

Four years ago, Honduran Ambassador Sofia Cerrato and her two sons decided to adopt a dog and what followed was a long-time devotion to the Ottawa-based Freedom Dog Rescue and its work. “When we decided to adopt a dog, we started looking into rescue organizations and we ended up adopting two little girls,” Cerrato says. […]

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Ex-pats helping children in their native Uganda

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Ex-pats helping children in their native Uganda

Located in the Ugandan village of Kamengo, The Agnes Zabali Boys and Girls Club is dedicated to helping children living in poverty remain in school and have the opportunity to reach their full potential. The mission of The Agnes Zabali Boys and Girls Club (AZBGC), which partners with the Canada Africa Community Health Alliance, is to support orphans, […]

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‘The picture used to be that men are diplomats, women are secretaries and that has changed a lot’

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‘The picture used to be that men are diplomats, women are secretaries and that has changed a lot’

With the help of EU Ambassador Melita Gabric, Diplomat organized a panel for its usual Q & A with editor Jennifer Campbell. The group — all women heads of mission — has a formal organization, which Gabric chairs, and it meets regularly to discuss common areas of interest. Today, there are 29 women who are […]

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21st-Century world order restored?

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21st-Century world order restored?

Between November 1814 and June 1815, Europe’s leaders sat down at a diplomatic conference in Vienna to establish the foundations of a new political order, following the disruptions of the French Revolution and the massive carnage of the Napoleonic Wars. The new spirit of the international co-operation that was born out of the Congress of […]

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