Several British cross-party Members of Parliament urged the UK government on Mar. 24 to engage more with Taiwan in diplomatic exchange, trade and defense. The MPs also said they were fully aware of how far the Chinese government could abuse its power and be domineering.

The call came during a two-day visit of the British MPs from the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC) to Vilnius, Lithuania. The cross-party delegation included MP Sir Duncan Smith, MP Geraint Davies, and crossbench peer Lord Alton.

According to the official statement, the MPs called on the UK government “to foster greater engagement with Taiwan in diplomatic exchange, trade and defense.”

Answering questions from the China News Agency’s reporter, Sir Duncan Smith said that if Beijing violated Taiwan’s sovereignty, the UK would support the self-governed nation.

As Beijing authorities continuously intimidated Taipei, IPAC members were fully aware of how the Chinese government could abuse its power and be domineering.

The newspaper also cited Lord Alton saying the West must face an increasingly urgent choice: to go along with a dictatorship or a democracy. He mentioned his recent call in the Parliament for the Western democracies to recognize Taiwan: Taiwan has the right to determine its future and should be on an equal footing with other nations.

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