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MOFA welcomes EP reports supporting Taiwan

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed sincere appreciation from the government and people for two policy implementation reports greenlighted Feb. 28 by the European Parliament that call for closer relations with Taiwan and reaffirm commitment to cross-strait peace and stability.
The Common Foreign and Security Policy report stresses that China’s territorial claims have no basis in international law. Neither Taiwan nor China is subordinate to the other, it said, adding that only Taiwan’s democratically elected government can represent its people on the international stage.
Taiwan is a key EU partner and a democratic friend in the Indo-Pacific, according to the CFSP report. It urges the EU and its member states to engage in closer cooperation with Taiwan, especially on strengthening global supply chain resilience, while calling on member states and the European Commission to support Taiwan’s meaningful participation in international organizations such as the World Health Organization, the International Civil Aviation Organization and the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change.
The Common Security and Defense Policy report expresses concern over China’s continued military maneuvers and gray zone actions against Taiwan. It encourages EU member states to increase the frequency of freedom of navigation operations in the Taiwan Strait and to leverage Taiwan’s expertise and technological edge to counter Beijing’s disinformation and cyber threats.
The MOFA said the EU has passed over 40 resolutions to demonstrate its support of Taiwan over the past five years. The CFSP report expresses similar sentiments to a report passed by the EP last December on EU-China relations, which refuted China’s misinterpretation of U.N. Resolution 2758, the ministry added.
The visits of delegations since 2021 from the EP Special Committee on Foreign Interference in all Democratic Processes in the European Union, including Disinformation, as well as Committees on Foreign Affairs and International Trade reflect the importance the EP places on Taiwan-EU partnerships, the MOFA said. The government will continue expanding collaboration with the EP to further deepen the relationship between Taiwan and the EU, it added. (YCH-E)
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