European Parliament calls for strategy to bolster Taiwan’s security

The European Parliament on Wednesday adopted the implementation reports on two major security polices of the European Union and called on competent EU institutions to “urgently draw up a scenario-based strategy” to tackle Taiwan’s security challenges.

The European Parliament adopted the annual report on the implementation of the Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP) for 2022 with 459 votes for, 93 against, and 85 abstentions, and the implementation report on the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) in a 407-92 vote, with 142 abstentions.

In its resolution on the CSDP implementation report, the European Parliament said China had been using its military power to intimidate and threaten its neighbors, in reference to China’s military drills around Taiwan in August last year following U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the country.

The resolution also noted that China’s “dangerous military actions and provocations continue to occur on a daily basis.”

The European Parliament expressed grave concern over China’s military buildup in the South China Sea, its incursions into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone, as well as its disinformation campaign and cyberattacks against Taiwan.

It called on China to stop all these actions, which threaten the stability of the region and directly impacts European prosperity and security.

In another resolution on the CFSP implementation report, the European Parliament “strongly condemns” China’s continued military provocations against Taiwan, reiterating a firm rejection of any unilateral change to the status quo in the Taiwan Strait against the will of the Taiwanese people.

It expressed concern over Chinese President Xi Jinping’s (???) announcement at the Chinese Communist Party’s 20th National Congress that Beijing would refuse to renounce the use of force against Taiwan.

It called on all competent EU institutions to urgently draw up a scenario-based strategy for tackling security challenges in Taiwan.

It asserts that Taiwan is a key partner of the EU with shared values, calling for greater cooperation in trade — including the signing of bilateral investment agreements — custom inspections, diversifying and bolstering supply chains, and combating disinformation.

It encourages exchanges between Taiwan and the EU “at the most senior levels possible” in culture, science, language education and the media while reiterating its support for Taiwan’s meaningful participation in international bodies and organizations.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel