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Canadian parliamentarians to visit Taiwan

TAIPEI -- A group of Canadian parliamentarians are visiting Taiwan to learn more about the country's political and economic development and ties across the Taiwan Strait, as well as promote bilateral ties, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The delegation, led by M.P. Dominic LeBlanc and Sen. James Cowan, is on a six-day visit that will wrap up Jan. 23, during which they are scheduled to meet with President Ma Ying-jeou and Taiwanese lawmakers, the ministry said in a statement.

The Canadian lawmakers are also scheduled to call on officials with the ministries of foreign affairs, economic affairs and education, as well as the Judicial Yuan, the Council of Agriculture and the Mainland Affairs Council, the ministry said.

Their itinerary also includes visits to the Hsinchu-based Industrial Technology Research Institute, Taiwan's largest high-tech research and development institution, and the Hsinchu Science Park, the statement said.

Some parliamentarians on the delegation, such as LeBlanc, Mark Eyking and Sean Casey, are visiting Taiwan for the first time, the ministry noted.

The visit by the delegation is meant to advance ties between the two countries, it added.

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