TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan’s Representative to the Netherlands, Chen Hsin-hsin (陳欣新), has defended Taiwan’s sovereignty and called for support from Europe to defend liberty and democracy in the face of China’s rising global influence.
Speaking at the “United Love: Documenting Pride in Asia” film event, hosted by CinemAsia in Amsterdam, on Saturday (July 27), Chen drew attention to Taiwan and the Netherlands’ support for marriage equality and shared values. She also pointed to the escalating tension in Hong Kong, saying this was proof that “one country, two systems” is unfeasible in Taiwan.
Given Hong Kong’s precarious situation, Chen called on Taiwan’s friends and partners in Europe to defend the country and its freedoms against the authoritarian Beijing government. Chen said that having spoken to Dutch leaders, NGO representatives and regular citizens about the cross-strait situation, there was increasing support for Taiwan.
Taiwan legalized same-sex marriage in May, following in the footsteps of nations like the Netherlands – one of the first countries in the world to endorse marriage equality, in 2001. Chen said Taiwan was proud to be a standard bearer for human rights, equality and freedom in Asia.