European People's Party condemns China for threatening Taiwan

10/01/2020 02:21 PM
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The European Parliament in Strasbourg (source: Pixabay.com)
The European Parliament in Strasbourg (source: Pixabay.com)

Taipei, Oct. 1 (CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) expressed appreciation on Wednesday to the European People's Party (EPP) for condemning China's increasing threats against Taiwan and supporting Taiwan as a "valuable partner" in the region.

In a statement issued late Wednesday, MOFA said the EPP, the largest of the European Parliament's (EP's) eight political groups, issued its position paper on EU-China relations on Monday, titled "EPP Position Paper: EU-China Relations in a COVID-19 World and Beyond."

In the paper, the EPP condemned China for heightening its military threats against Taiwan, offered its support for Taiwan's participation in international organizations and urged the EU to strengthen its cooperation with Taiwan, according to MOFA.

"As China has increased the frequency of its incursions into Taiwan's airspace and claims that there is no median line in the Taiwan Strait, the EPP group, which accounts for nearly 200 seats in the EP, showed support to Taiwan with concrete action," MOFA said.

According to the Ministry of National Defense, which recently opened a section on its website to make public the latest movements of the Chinese military near Taiwan, Chinese warplanes have entered airspace near Taiwan eight times since Sept. 16.

MOFA stressed that it is in the region's best interests that the peace and stability of the Taiwan Strait be maintained, as Beijing's attempts to alter the status quo in the Taiwan Strait has raised concerns in the international community.

"Taiwan's government will continue to work with like-minded countries to maintain peace, stability and prosperity in the strait and in the region," it said.

According to the EPP's position paper, published on its official website, the party "strongly supports" enabling Taiwan to practically and meaningfully participate in international fora such as the World Health Organization (WHO).

It also condemned the official Chinese threats made against Czech Senate Speaker Miloš Vystrčil, who visited Taiwan at the end of August 2020 and "China's increasing threats of potential military intervention on the island."

In other issues related to Asia, the EPP also criticized Beijing for suppressing information on the COVID-19 outbreak, and expressed concern on the state of human rights and freedom in Hong Kong, Tibet and Xinjiang, as well as Beijing's military expansion in the South China Sea.

"We therefore fully support efforts to strengthen EU cooperation with valued partners in the Asia-Pacific, in particular Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and Taiwan," the paper said.

(By Chen Yun-yu and Emerson Lim)

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