Liberal International expresses concern over China's imposition on freedom and democracy in Taiwan

The congress urged Tsai Ing-wen to continue advocating for protective measures

Former DPP Secretary-General Hung Yao-fu (洪耀福) attended last year's congress

Former DPP Secretary-General Hung Yao-fu (洪耀福) attended last year's congress (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A prominent voice in the international community of liberal nations has resolved that Taiwan is victim to an increasing amount of threats from autocratic entities.

The 62nd annual Liberal International Congress took place between Nov. 28 and 30 in Senegalese capital Dakar, where a resolution on current world affairs and global challenges to the sanctity of liberalism was issued. Two representatives of the DPP’s International Affairs Department attended the forum, CNA reports.

Liberal International is a confederation of liberal-minded nations, established in 1947, that upholds and advocates the values of liberalism, human rights, and free trade and development across the globe. Each year, the organization holds an annual congress where it implores states to take action against obstacles to the realization of these values.

At this year’s summit, Liberal International declared its opposition to threats against Taiwan, and China’s continued militarization of the South China Sea—including its artificial atoll-building operations—in its Asia World Today Resolution.

The organization also said it was concerned with China’s use of the One China Principle to exert pressure on Taiwan’s allies as well as international institutions and private companies.

The resolution declared the confederation is paying close attention to the continued imprisonment of innocent Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region, as well as China’s so-called “debt-trap diplomacy” schemes.

The congress acknowledged Taiwan as a bastion of freedom and democracy in Asia, and suggested we ought to closely monitor how and in what forms China’s rise impacts the sustenance of these values in the international environment.

The congress applauded President Tsai Ing-wen for helping Taiwan retain these values under immense pressure from China. Representatives said results from the latest elections show that the Tsai administration is facing ever-increasing economic and political pressure as a result of meddling from despotic regimes.

Liberty International expressed it believes Tsai will continue to remain vigilant and strengthen effective communication among citizens. Additionally, representatives urged Tsai to continue advocating for protective measures and cultivating positive media practices within Taiwan.

The DPP representatives thanked congress members for their continued concerns and support.

This year’s conference was hosted by the Alliance for the Republic (APR), led by Senegalese President Macky Sall. A total of 218 liberal leaders, parliamentarians and government representatives from 41 countries attended.