Sweden to continue developing relations with Taiwan: MOFA

10/13/2019 07:18 PM
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Taipei, Oct. 13 (CNA) Sweden's government has stressed the importance of continuing to develop relations with Taiwan, and the two countries should seek to build cooperation in several areas to help safeguard democracy, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Sunday.

Sweden's sentiments were expressed in a recent report titled "Work on issues related to China," which was submitted on Oct. 2 by Sweden's foreign ministry to the country's parliament, the Riksdag, according to MOFA.

In a press release, MOFA said the report states that Taiwan-Sweden relations should continue to develop in accordance with the European Union's "One China" policy.

The aim of the report was to provide a comprehensive evaluation and recommendations on the current impact on Sweden of China's global and bilateral affairs, MOFA said.

The report said Sweden's China policy was based on the EU's 2016 Strategy on China, and Sweden hopes to collaborate with China on issues regarding trade, environmental protection and public health, according to MOFA.

The report also calls on China to respect the rule of law, democracy, human rights, market entry strategies and rule-based international order, MOFA said.

The efforts of Chinese intelligence officials to infiltrate and collect information on Chinese refugees and citizens from Tibet, Xinjiang and Taiwan are also mentioned in the report, MOFA said.

Sweden has a growing relationship with Taiwan, as evidenced by Sweden's participation for the first time in a Taiwan-U.S. workshop on media literacy in September, according to MOFA.

In the future, Taiwan and Sweden should continue to enhance cooperation in numerous areas in order to safeguard democracy, MOFA said.

(By Ku Chuan and Chiang Yi-ching)


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