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Taiwan's Tsai wins Canadian government-backed award that Ottawa reportedly tried to block

May 4, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen has been awarded a prestigious leadership prize, in a move that could infuriate Beijing, and following reports of attempted interference by Ottawa.

Hong Kong (CNN)Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen has been awarded a prestigious leadership prize, in a move that could infuriate Beijing, and following reports of attempted interference by Ottawa.

This year's award is the second in a row that will likely displease Beijing, after the 2019 prize went to the people of Hong Kong "for their brave fight for their rights in the face of oppression from the government of China. " Beijing regards self-ruled, democratic Taiwan as part of its territory, and Tsai is a figure of loathing in Chinese state media.

Following the controversy, Canadian lawmakers voted unanimously for a non-binding motion urging the government to continue funding the award, saying that Tsai "is a well-respected international leader, the first female president of Taiwan, and a strong global advocate for democracy . . .

It was the second motion in months that put the Canadian government in an awkward position with China, after parliament voted in February to declare the situation in Xinjiang -- where Beijing has been accused of detaining millions of Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities -- a "genocide. "

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