Stockholm, Oct. 21(ChinaEuropeDialogue) — Parliament is set to call for closer relations with Taiwan, while issuing a warning about the continued tensions across the Taiwan Strait.

In a new report, Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs stress the urgent need for the EU to begin an “impact assessment, public consultation and scoping exercise” on an EU-Taiwan Bilateral Investment Agreement. MEPs highlight the importance of trade and economic relations with Taiwan, technology including on 5G rollout and crucial cooperation on critical supplies such as semiconductors, and public health.

The new report also expresses the grave concern of MEPs over China’s continued military belligerence, pressure, assault exercises, airspace violations and disinformation campaigns against Taiwan. They want the EU to do more to address these tensions and to protect Taiwan’s democracy and the island’s status as an important EU partner.

The text will be debated on Tuesday afternoon and put to the vote on Wednesday, with results announced on Thursday.

Debate: Tuesday, 19 OctoberVote: Wednesday, 20 October, result Thursday 21 October

Procedure: Own-initiative report

By Chinaeuropenet

Xuefei Chen Axelsson is an independent media person. She has been a journalist for 30 years. She studied English, International politics, and sustainable development. She has been to Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia and South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and America, Canada, France, Germany, Spain and all the nordic countries including Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Iceland and Britain. She is good at talking with all kinds of people and exchange ideas and serves as a bridge between China and the world.

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