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MOFA welcomes the inclusion of Taiwan in joint communication on the EU’s Indo-Pacific strategy

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) sincerely welcomed on 17 September the inclusion of Taiwan for the first time in the joint communication adopted by the European Commission and the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy on 'The EU strategy for co-operation in the Indo-Pacific' on 16 September.

The communication expresses concern for the security situation in the Taiwan Strait and describes Taiwan as an important partner of the EU in the Indo-Pacific region. In response, MOFA stressed that Taiwan is a partner that shares the EU’s core values of democracy, freedom, human rights and the rule of law. The ministry further pledged to continue strengthening cooperation with the EU in areas such as supply chain restructuring in strategic industries including semiconductors, the digital economy, green energy and in the post-pandemic economic recovery.

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MOFA thanks European Parliament for adopting resolution on future EU-US relations

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The European Parliament’s (EP) resolution on the future of EU-US relations, which contains support for Taiwan, is sincerely welcomed by the government and people of Taiwan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated, October 7. Passed with an overwhelming majority of 550 to 83 votes, with 55 abstentions, the report highlights the need for the EU to explore areas of possible cooperation with the U.S. on China, particularly with regard to, among other things, the de-escalation of tensions across the Taiwan Strait. Likewise, the report also specifies Taiwan as one of a number of democratic friends and partners for the EU in the Indo-Pacific. The Taipei Representative Office in the EU and Belgium also thanked the EP for the resolution's passage, as well as for the approval of another report on the state of EU cyber defence capabilities, which similarly calls for the development of closer ties with Taiwan on countering cyber threats.

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President Tsai awards state honour to French senator

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President Tsai Ing-wen (pictured) awarded Alain Richard, chairman of the French Senate’s Taiwan Friendship Group, the Order of Propitious Clouds with Special Grand Cordon, October 7, in recognition of his work to strengthen Taiwan-France relations. In remarks delivered at the Presidential Office, Tsai described Richard as a pioneer in expanding the Taiwan-France bilateral relationship. Tsai also spoke of the ties between France and Taiwan, stressing the pair’s closeness in the areas of trade and technology, and thanking the country for the attention it has drawn to the importance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.

Responding to the President’s statements and the conferral of the Order, Richard expressed his gratitude and dedicated the honor to his fellow French senators for their support of his visit.

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110th Republic of China National Day Reception held in Brussels

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The Taipei Representative Office in the EU and Belgium held the 110th Republic of China National Day Reception, 30 September, welcoming friends and dignitaries from the EU and Belgium. Held in accordance with the Belgian pandemic prevention regulations, the event was attended by more than 100 guests, including members of the European Parliament, the Belgian Senate, the Belgian House of Representatives, and the Belgian regional parliaments, along with others from all walks of life. In his speech at the reception, Ambassador Ming-Yen Tsai outlined the current status of the close exchanges between Taiwan, and the EU and Belgium in various fields such as the economy and trade, education, technology, green energy, digital economy, disinformation and carbon reduction.

The Ambassador also took the opportunity to thank the European Parliament, the Belgian Senate, the Belgian House of Representatives, and the Flemish Parliament for passing a number of Taiwan-friendly resolutions over the past year, including ones supporting Taiwan-EU cooperation, a Taiwan-EU bilateral investment agreement, Taiwan’s international participation, and those expressing concern regarding peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.

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