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Taiwan’s Tsai calls for unity against rising authoritarianism

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Addressing a visiting group French Legislators, President of Taiwan Tsai Ing-wen called Wednesday for greater solidarity among democratic nations in the face of rising authoritarianism.

Mr. Tsai also said the self-governing island republic would assume greater responsibilities in contributing to regional and global peace and stability.

“Democratic allies should strengthen cooperation in the face of challenges such as rapid changes in international affairs and the authoritarian meaning.

“Taiwan will assume its responsibilities in international society and look forward to making more contributions to the peace and stability of the Indo-Pacific region, as well as to the world’s prosperity and development. , along with France and other like-minded partners in the European Union,” she said.

The visit by six members of the French National Assembly provides a valuable opportunity for Tsai to engage an international political audience in the face of China’s efforts to isolate the island it claims as its territory. own and not entitled to diplomatic recognition.

China’s pressure has reduced Taiwan’s number of diplomatic allies to just 14.

Francois de Rugy, head of the France-Taiwan Friendship Parliamentary Group, said the French government has been active about moves to strengthen relations between the parties.

He gave Tsai a copy of a resolution passed last month by the Council in favor of Taiwan’s participation in international bodies such as the International Civil Aviation Organization, Interpol, the Framework Convention. of the United Nations on Climate Change and the World Health Assembly.

The National Assembly’s goal is to “encourage a constructive dialogue in the region to ensure peace and dialogue across the Taiwan Strait,” de Rugy told Tsai.

The French delegation is the second to visit Taiwan in recent months, following a delegation led by Senator Alain Richard in October, during a meeting with Tsai, Taiwanese economic and health officials and the Council Mainland Affairs oversees exchanges with China all have been suspended by Beijing

China has sought to postpone that visit, even though it is part of regular parliamentary exchanges that have taken place over the years.

Despite China’s pressure, Taiwan has increased exchanges with countries not officially recognized as a country, often drawing backlash from Beijing.

Beijing sanctioned Lithuania, which like France is a member of the European Union, after it agreed to allow Taiwan to set up a representative office in the capital Vilnius with the name “Taiwan” rather than “Taiwan”. is “China” Taipei “As Beijing likes.

Beijing has imposed a trade embargo on the Baltic nation and threatened multinational companies that do business with the country. It also withdrew its ambassador to Vilnius and expelled the Lithuanian ambassador to Beijing.

On Wednesday, the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry said it had closed its embassy in Beijing and pulled its last diplomat out of the Chinese capital. Lithuania is “ready to continue dialogue with China and restore embassy functions to their full extent after reaching a mutually beneficial agreement,” the ministry said.

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