Taiwan MPs: China’s threats ‘unacceptable’

Members of Parliament in Taiwan

The Bundestag has made it clear several times “that we do not consider it acceptable that you are being threatened by a neighbor.”

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Taipei According to German parliamentarians, China’s threats against Taiwan are unacceptable. At the reception a Bundestag delegation by Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen on Monday in Taipei, the head of the group of deputies, Klaus-Peter Willsch, compared the situation with Russia’s actions against Ukraine.

The Bundestag has made it clear several times “that we do not consider it acceptable that you are being threatened by a neighbor,” he said CDU-Politicians of the President. Taiwan must not be forced into “unwanted cooperation” with military force. The Bundestag is “clear in its rejection”.

“We noticed that not everyone likes that we are here this week,” said Willsch about the protest from Beijing against the five-day visit of the six MPs to Taiwan. “But we don’t care.” The Bundestag decides for itself on its relations with friendly parliaments.

The cooperation with Taiwan is an important part: “It will stay that way.” The visit of the MPs is the first visit by a delegation from the Bundestag to Taiwan since the beginning of the pandemic at the end of 2019.

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China’s leadership sees the democratic island state as part of the People’s Republic and firmly rejects such official contacts from other countries to Taipei. Taiwan, on the other hand, has long considered itself independent.

Deployed by Taiwan’s army

Tensions had recently intensified. In response to the visit of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in early August, China launched large-scale maneuvers.

military exercise

Taiwan’s army keeps up the pressure on China.

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The threatened conquest of the island was also practiced. The People’s Liberation Army has kept up the pressure with increased deployments of warships and aircraft near Taiwan.

Taiwan’s president accused China of “disturbing the regional order” with the military maneuvers. Tsai Ing-wen thanked Germany for the support also in the presidency of the group of seven large industrialized countries (G7).

In the face of the “expansion of autocratism”, democracies must unite to defend their democratic values. Taiwan wants to expand cooperation with Germany in order to jointly realize values ​​such as justice, peace and ecological sustainability.

>> Read here: Why the Taiwan conflict is so dangerous for the German economy

Of the CDUPolitician Willsch emphasized that Taiwan’s people can be proud of what they have built: “A functioning democracy, a beacon of freedom in Asia.” Taiwan is living proof that “the Chinese also live in democracy and can shape it well”.

Added to this is the economic success: Taiwan is Germany’s fifth largest trading partner in Asia. “The whole world is screaming for digitization, but how are we supposed to achieve that without the semiconductors that are produced in Taiwan,” said Willsch. Germany also wants to expand cooperation in science, art and youth exchanges.

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