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