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Parliamentary question - E-002702/2022(ASW)Parliamentary question
E-002702/2022(ASW)

    Answer given by High Representative/Vice-President Borrell i Fontelles on behalf of the European Commission

    The EU has a clear One China Policy, to which the EU and its Member States remain committed.

    Within the EU’s ‘One China’ policy, the EU recognises the government of the People’s Republic of China as the sole legal government of China, while also pursuing friendly relations and close cooperation with Taiwan in a wide range of areas.

    In short, the EU does engage with Taiwan even in the absence of diplomatic recognition while also pursuing friendly relations and close cooperation with Taiwan in a wide range of areas.

    The EU is concerned by the recent intensification of military activities of the People’s Liberation Army in the Taiwan Strait and around Taiwan, including incursions into Taiwan’s Air Defence Identification Zone, live-fire military drills and an unprecedented number of missile launches.

    This concern was expressed publicly in statements of G7 Foreign Ministers and the High Representative of the EU[1] on 3 August 2022, and subsequently by the High Representative/Vice-President at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Regional Forum in Phnom Penh on 5 August 2022[2].

    There is no justification to use a parliamentary visit as trigger for aggressive military activity in the Taiwan Strait. It is normal and routine for legislators to travel internationally.

    The EU has an interest in preserving peace and the status quo in the Taiwan Strait as well as Taiwan’s democratic system of governance. The EU encourages a peaceful resolution of cross-strait issues. Tensions should be resolved through dialogue.

    The Ambassador-designate will take his functions only after he has presented his credentials.

    Last updated: 30 August 2022
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