Taiwan Officials Say China Could Be Stirring up Pro-reunification Sentiment in Europe

Taiwan Officials Say China Could Be Stirring up Pro-reunification Sentiment in Europe
Taiwan Officials Say China Could Be Stirring up Pro-reunification Sentiment in Europe
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In a report to the Legislative Yuan, the National Security Bureau (NSB) shared its observations about Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recently concluded European visit. The leader spoke with his counterparts in France, Serbia and Hungary on a variety of issues, however the NSB says there are hints that these meetings could sow anti-Taiwan posturing in the continent.

French President Emmanuel Macron gifted Xi with luxury bottles of cognac. The NSB said that Macron spoke enthusiastically about maintaining a strategic autonomy in Europe which means continuous dialogue with Beijing.

The NSB feels this is an initial step towards lobbying against Taiwanese independence, something that clashes with the position of the American government.

Xi’s last foray into Europe came five years ago. Now it comes off the heels of this year’s increased activity and tensions in the Taiwan Strait and the South China Sea.

Xi received a warm reception in Serbia last May 8. President Aleksandar Vucic organized a crowd of cheerers for Xi’s arrival. He also publicly signed on to the longstanding campaign of Beijing for a “global community of shared future.”

Moreover, Serbia officially expressed support for the “one China principle.” Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) reacted saying the Serbian government must not subscribe to falsehoods.

In a statement, the agency added that “No narratives aimed at misrepresenting Taiwan’s sovereign status will alter the status quo across the Taiwan Strait or the objective and internationally recognized facts.”

The NSB warned that this could be the start of greater efforts in the near future to create a chasm between Taiwan and other Western countries. The potential damages could also be seen in trade relations. However at this point, there are no fundamental changes to European stances on Taiwan.

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TNL Editor: Michael Beltran (@thenewslensintl)

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The article is in Norwegian

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