Amid pressure from the Chinese Communist regime to ‘unify’ Taiwan with mainland China, the European Parliament sent the first official delegation to the island to hold meetings with the president and other high-ranking officials.

The European Parliament’s seven-member Special Committee on Foreign Interference and Disinformation arrived in Taiwan on November 4 and met with President Tsai Ing-wen, other officials, and civil organizations to exchange on Taiwan’s innovative methods to combat disinformation campaigns and different types of hybrid attacks, according to the European Parliament’s statement.

The delegation concluded its visit on November 7.

The visit, besides being the first official visit of the European bloc to Taiwan, which is not considered a sovereign country due to pressure from the Chinese Communist Party, represents a strong signal of support for the small island that has faced constant pressure from the bellicose communist regime that last month sent a hundred nuclear-capable warplanes to fly over Taiwan’s airspace.

The chairman of the delegation, Frenchman Raphael Glucksmann, said Taiwan is among the highest priorities on the European Union’s agenda and in addition to describing the island as a ‘hub for the fight against foreign interference and the preservation of democracy,’ he rejected the idea that the communist regime could rule Taiwan in the future.

“The flourishing of your democracy is formidable and this is why we are so happy to be here,” Glucksmann said. “You have shown that in this region democracy can flourish and that authoritarian regimes are not the future.”

“We in Europe are also confronted with interference from authoritarian regimes, and we came here to learn from you,” the Frenchman added.

For his part, Taiwanese Premier Su Tseng-chang thanked the Europeans for their visit by saying:

“Although we are geographically very far away, between our two sides, we share the same values, such as freedom, democracy, human rights and rule of law. … In those regards, we are actually very close.”

In an interview with CNN, President Tsai called on allies for help in dealing with the growing threat from Beijing, arguing that if Taiwan, a free, peaceful country with values similar to those of the West, fails to persist, then the democratic ideals of other countries would also fail.

In that interview, Tsai confirmed that U.S. troops are training the Taiwanese military.

In October, the European Parliament passed a resolution calling on members of the bloc to establish bilateral relations with Taiwan. Although several European countries already have trade relations with the island, these are somewhat limited due to pressures imposed by Beijing.

Conclusions of the European visit

Amid pressure from the Chinese Communist regime to ‘unify’ Taiwan with mainland China, the European Parliament sent the first official delegation to the island to hold meetings with the president and other high-ranking officials.

The European Parliament’s seven-member Special Committee on Foreign Interference and Disinformation arrived in Taiwan on November 4 and met with President Tsai Ing-wen, other officials, and civil organizations to exchange on Taiwan’s innovative methods to combat disinformation campaigns and different types of hybrid attacks, according to the European Parliament’s statement.

The delegation concluded its visit on November 7.

The visit, besides being the first official visit of the European bloc to Taiwan, which is not considered a sovereign country due to pressure from the Chinese Communist Party, represents a strong signal of support for the small island that has faced constant pressure from the bellicose communist regime that last month sent a hundred nuclear-capable warplanes to fly over Taiwan’s airspace.

The chairman of the delegation, Frenchman Raphael Glucksmann, said Taiwan is among the highest priorities on the European Union’s agenda and in addition to describing the island as a ‘hub for the fight against foreign interference and the preservation of democracy,’ he rejected the idea that the communist regime could rule Taiwan in the future.

“The flourishing of your democracy is formidable and this is why we are so happy to be here,” Glucksmann said. “You have shown that in this region democracy can flourish and that authoritarian regimes are not the future.”

“We in Europe are also confronted with interference from authoritarian regimes, and we came here to learn from you,” the Frenchman added.

For his part, Taiwanese Premier Su Tseng-chang thanked the Europeans for their visit by saying:

“Although we are geographically very far away, between our two sides, we share the same values, such as freedom, democracy, human rights and rule of law. … In those regards, we are actually very close.”

In an interview with CNN, President Tsai called on allies for help in dealing with the growing threat from Beijing, arguing that if Taiwan, a free, peaceful country with values similar to those of the West, fails to persist, then the democratic ideals of other countries would also fail.

In that interview, Tsai confirmed that U.S. troops are training the Taiwanese military.

In October, the European Parliament passed a resolution calling on members of the bloc to establish bilateral relations with Taiwan. Although several European countries already have trade relations with the island, these are somewhat limited due to pressures imposed by Beijing.

In its statement, the European Parliament explained that the parliamentarians learned how Taiwan, by combining all government agencies in conjunction with civil organizations, managed to curb the effect of the CCP’s malicious campaigns on social media and media outlets that attempted to destabilize society without having to resort to censorship.

“Today Taiwan is the most vibrant democracy in the region, a treasure that all democrats around the world should cherish and protect,” said Raphaël Glucksmann.

“Europe is standing with Taiwan in the defense of freedom, rule of law and human dignity. We have learned a lot from its experience in standing up to destabilisation attempts. We are now looking forward to new ways of cooperation,” the Frenchman added at the conclusion of the official visit.

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