Freddy Lim, a Taiwanese resident, noticed that his homeland is receiving a lot of attention from other countries. Over the last four months, representatives from two European countries, as well as the European Parliament, have visited Taiwan. Lim, a member the Taiwan parliament’s international relations committee suspects that a record was established.
Lim stated that the reason is that international communication can be put on to the table with Taiwan now. “Before, all countries had communication with Taiwan. But in the past it was all under the table.”
Lim refers to the relationship between the democratic world and Taiwan over the past decades. China regards democratic Taiwan, which is self-governed, as part of its territory, and has threatened force to do so if necessary. This threat stems from the Chinese civil war in the 1940s, when the Nationalists were rebased in Taiwan following losing to the Communists. Only 15 countries have formalized diplomatic recognition of Taiwan, but informal relations continue with other countries.
Analysts said that the recent deals made by Western countries with Taiwan are a warning sign to China, Taiwan’s long-standing political rival.
Increase in diplomatic support
Lithuania agreed to let Taiwan set up a representative office in July. This prompted China to recall its ambassador to Vilnius and warn of possible consequences. In August, the Czech Republic’s senator president led a delegation of 89 leaders on a trip to Taiwan.
The European Parliament decided last month to strengthen diplomatic and economic relations with Taiwan. The importance of economic relations between the European Union (EU) and Taiwan was also highlighted in a report . It raised concerns about China’s military use to press Taiwan.
China Daily reported the statement by Wang Wenbin from China’s Foreign Ministry that the report of the European Parliament “violates fundamental norms governing international relations” and the one-China principle. It also contradicts the EU’s commitment on the Taiwan question.