Oct 22, 2021 09:01 UTC
  • China expresses dissatisfaction with planned trip by Chinese Taipei min. to Europe

China expresses strong dissatisfaction with a plan by Chinese Taipei's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu to visit Europe and make a virtual address to a forum in Rome next week.

Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Wang Wenbin expressed "strong dissatisfaction" with the planned trip and speech and urged Europe and Chinese Taipei not to "undermine the political foundation of bilateral relations" with Beijing.

Chinese Taipei Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Joanne Ou told reporters that Wu would first attend a forum organized by a local think tank in Slovakia on Tuesday, and then go to Prague to meet the Czech Upper House's Speaker, Milos Vystrcil, and Prague Mayor Zdenek Hrib.

Wu will also "think of a way" to speak virtually at the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China summit, an international cross-party group of legislators, in Rome next Friday, Ou added.

The event is meant to serve as a "counter-meeting" ahead of the G20 Leaders Summit to demand a tougher stance toward the Chinese government, the IPAC said in a press release.

Meanwhile, in a resolution adopted on Thursday, the European Parliament ordered member countries to increase ties with Chinese Taipei and to start work on an investment deal with the island.

With a majority of 580 to 26 votes, the European Parliament backed the non-binding resolution requesting the bloc's executive European Commission "urgently begin an impact assessment, public consultation and scoping exercise on a bilateral investment agreement."

The lawmakers also demanded the bloc's trade office in Taipei to be renamed "the European Union office in Taiwan," in effect upgrading the mission, though neither the EU nor its member states have formal diplomatic ties with Chinese Taipei, which is subject to Chinese sovereignty.