A U.K. Parliament delegation is visiting Taiwan for the first time in 16 years. The group met with President Tsai Ing-wen to discuss bilateral trade relations and regional security.
A delegation from the U.K. Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee recently arrived in Taiwan for a visit, meeting with President Tsai Ing-wen on the 2nd. It has been 16 years since the last U.K. Parliament delegation visited Taiwan. Tsai thanked her visitors for their cross-party support for Taiwan and for supporting cross-Strait peace and stability on numerous occasions. The two sides discussed bilateral trade and security in the Indo-Pacific during the visit.
Tsai Ing-wen, ROC President: “Taiwan and the U.K. have already started strategic cooperation to address issues including bilateral trade policies, supply chain cooperation and the strengthening of economic resilience. Apart from that, there are currently over 30 offshore wind energy operators that have set up offices in Taiwan.”
Alicia Kearns, Chair, UK Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee: “...Taiwan, I'm sure that we have a steadfast friend, as Taiwan has proven with its immediate assistance to our friends in Ukraine, and again in the pandemic, where others obfuscated, Taiwan stood as a clarion voice alerting the world the virus which brought darkness to all of us, and then sharing their practice to help us recover as swiftly as possible.”
Alicia Kearns said Taiwan is a steadfast friend of the U.K. and is a strong democratic regime, and bilateral relations are rooted in the three prongs of democracy, resilience and prosperity. She also called on the World Health Organization to stop its "unfair" treatment of Taiwan by not allowing Taiwan to join. Emmanuel Macron, the president of France, is currently in the U.S. Following a meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden, the two issued a joint statement on the Ukraine conflict and reaffirmed the importance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.
Joe Biden, US President: “...working together to strengthen the security and prosperity across the Atlantic in each of our countries, but also Europe as a whole. ”
Emmanuel Macron, President of France: “We are together in challenging times with the war in Ukraine, launched by Russia, and so obviously it would be the first topic of discussion for both of us in --”
The latest iteration of the U.S.' National Defense Authorization Act includes the sale of US$300 billion's worth of military equipment to Taiwan which the U.S. says will help Taiwan be a "hedgehog" capable of defending itself against the escalating threat of China. A German online media outlet, meanwhile, says Germany may make major changes to its China policy to reduce its reliance on China. A new German-Taiwan parliamentary friendship group, meanwhile, says it will promote stronger ties with Taiwan.