Taiwan‘S democracy is a “treasure” that needs to be protectedFrench MEP Rafael Glucksmann was quoted as saying by AFP.
Glucksman, who heads a European Parliament delegation in Taipei, assured that support for the island will continue amid growing tensions with China.
This is the first EP “official delegation” to visit Taiwan. March, China imposed sanctions on Glucksman and four other MPs.
Today the French called Taiwan‘S democracy “a treasure that all democrats around the world must treasure and protect.”
“And we came here with a very simple, very clear message: You are not alone.” This is what MEP Tsai Yingwen said at a meeting with the Taiwanese President. “Europe stands by your side to defend freedom, the rule of law and human dignity “, he continued, calling on the EU to step up cooperation with the island. “It is high time for us in the European Union to show that we are in the same boat, then we have to develop a very concrete agenda for summits and concrete high-level measures in order to jointly create a much stronger partnership between the EU and Taiwan, ” said the MEP.
A Chinese mission in Brussels recently warned of a possible visit by MEPs to Taiwan “would hurt Chinathe core interests of China and jeopardize the favorable development of China-EU relations. “
Beijing reacted sharply last month after a group of French senators visited it Taiwan, and after visits by the Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu to Slovakia and the Czech Republic, AFP recalls.
Relationships between China and Taiwan have deteriorated sharply since the election of President Tsai in 2016 – she sees the island as sovereign, not part of the People’s Republic of China.
Taiwan recently warned that military tensions with Beijing are at their highest level in 40 years as Chinese fighter jets have recently invaded Taiwan‘s airspace for identification more often, notes AFP.