TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – On the morning of Feb. 20, the chair of European Parliament-Taiwan Friendship Group, Werner Langen, presented an official letter and declaration affirming the support of EU Parliamentarians to Taiwan’s President Tsai.
The letter entitled “A Statement on promoting peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait,” is signed by 155 members of European Parliament. The presentation of the letter comes during a one week visit by representatives of the European Parliament-Taiwan Friendship Group.
Recently, with tensions rising across the Taiwan Strait, European lawmakers appear to be paying closer attention to Taiwan’s situation. The EU itself has made motions towards promoting Taiwan internationally and denouncing calls to violence from Beijing.
In a vote on the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy, European Parliament voted overwhelmingly to pass legislation that called for Taiwan's increased international participation, and supported renewed cross-strait dialogue.
In mid-January, the European Parliament-Taiwan Friendship Group sent a joint letter to the European Union chief foreign affairs officer, alerting him to the reality that the people of Taiwan have rejected China’s “one country, two systems” framework, and denouncing China’s coercive actions towards the country.
Then in late January, speaking on the floor of the European Parliament, the European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides, called for closer cooperation between Europe and Taiwan, and more attention to be paid to Taiwan’s situation.
Earlier this week, three MEPs, Bas Belder, Eduard Kukan, and Cristian Dan Preda were presented with the Friendship Medal of Diplomacy by Foreign Minister Joseph Wu recognize their long-term contributions to the relationship between Taiwan and the European Union.
The statement presented to President Tsai on Wednesday, on behalf of the parliamentary group emphasized the lawmakers’ support for the development of peaceful cross-strait, and denounced any military action that would threaten regional stability. The letter also reiterated firm support for Taiwan’s increased participation in international organizations.
According to the press release from the Executive Yuan, the Foreign Ministry expressed deep gratitude for the continued support of Taiwan's friends in Europe.