Belgian parliament passes resolution calling for support for Taiwan

07/17/2020 01:14 PM
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The Belgium parliament / Pixabay image
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Brussels, July 16 (CNA) The Belgium parliament's Chamber of Representatives on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a resolution that called on the country's government to support Taiwan's democratic development and its meaningful participation in international organizations.

The resolution, which listed several proposals urging support for Taiwan, was passed in a 130-0 vote, with 13 abstentions.

It was introduced by Georges Dallemagne, a Humanist Democratic Centre party lawmaker who is a member of the Belgium-Taiwan Parliamentary Friendship Group, and Els Van Hoof of the Christian Democratic and Flemish party.

The motion urged the government of Prime Minister Sophie Wilmès and its European partners to support Taiwan's meaningful participation in international bodies such as the World Health Organization, International Civil Aviation Organization, and United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Brussels should play a leading role in encouraging the European Commission to move toward "strengthening relations between the European Union and Taiwan, to widen the scope of cooperation, and to continue to support Taiwan's hard-won freedom and democracy," the resolution said.

Other propositions in the resolution included urging the Belgian federal government to strengthen existing communication, cooperation and exchanges between Belgium and Taiwan.

It also suggested that Brussels advocate for the resumption of dialogue between Taiwan and China and for the release of Taiwanese activist Lee Ming-che (李明哲), who has been serving a five-year-prison term in China since 2017 on charges of subversion of state power.

(By Tang Pei-chun and Ko Lin)

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