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Parliamentary questions
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11 October 2021
Priority question for written answer  P-004592/2021
to the Council
Rule 138
Anna Bonfrisco (ID)
 Subject: Recognition of the Republic of China/Taiwan and enhancing naval policy and the maritime dimension for a free, multipolar Asia and Indo-Pacific

Reconfiguring EU-China relations is central to discussions about a more assertive, more geopolitical Europe that wields greater strategic influence in a multipolar world.

The balance between the challenges and opportunities China offers has shifted: where there was cooperation, there is competition, and where there were differences, there is conflict.

The countries in the Indo-Pacific are seeing an assertive China flexing its military muscle in a display designed to upset peace and stability.

In Taiwan, this tactic has taken the form of Chinese military aircraft incursions into the air defence identification zone and cyberattacks.

The Republic of China/Taiwan is an independent, sovereign state, which has its own military, conducts its own foreign affairs, and has a constitution and a democratic government.

In the light of the above, can the Council answer the following questions.

1. In view of global dynamics, characterised by environmental challenges, the digital revolution, disruptive emerging technologies, newly configured supply chains and health issues, does it believe it should reconfigure EU-China relations and push for international recognition of the Republic of China/Taiwan?

2. To safeguard a free, multipolar Asia and Indo-Pacific, does it consider the current naval policy, maritime dimension and designated maritime areas of European interest suitable in view of China’s intentions in these areas?

Original language of question: IT
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