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Let Taiwanese democracy shine brighter

Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan on August 2-3, accompanied by five key congressional colleagues, including the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Speaker of the Veterans Affairs Commission and Vice Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.

Indeed, Speaker Pelosi and members of her delegation have long been concerned with the development of democracy in Taiwan and security in the Indo-Pacific region.

  • The disputed island of Taiwan, seen from space by NASA (Photo: NASA/Wikimedia)

This visit to Taiwan underscores the high level of bipartisan support for US-Taiwanese relations and Taiwan is sincere in its welcome of Pelosi and his delegation.

President Pelosi’s op-ed in The Washington Post illustrates why this trip to Taiwan is so important and clearly explains the motivation behind it.

She points out that her visit to Taiwan was to honor her commitment to democracy, especially since Taiwan has been ranked by Freedom House as one of the freest democracies in the world.

In the article, she also notes that Taiwan is a leader in many areas, such as responding to the Covid-19 pandemic, supporting environmental conservation and climate action, promoting peace and security, economic dynamism, innovation and technology.

In the face of China’s growing threat to Taiwan, Pelosi makes it clear that the United States must reaffirm its commitment to Taiwan under the Taiwan Relations Act and never allow non-peaceful means to determine the future of Taiwan. Taiwan.

In no uncertain terms, Speaker Pelosi makes it clear that the United States must stand with Taiwan, the “Island of Resilience,” to advance the common interests of both parties so that the freedoms of Taiwan and all societies democratic are respected.

In recent days, Taiwan has strongly protested and condemned China’s irrational and internationally unjustifiable threats against Taiwan over its opposition to Pelosi’s visit.

China is trying to pressure the international community to drop its support for Taiwan through high-intensity campaigns of intimidation and retaliation against imagined slights.

However, we can see that the more pressure China exerts on Taiwan, the more the international community is concerned about security across the strait and the stronger its support for Taiwan.

Support from MEPs and the G7

Indeed, on August 3, the foreign ministers of the G7 countries issued a joint statement reiterating their support for a rules-based international order and peace in the Taiwan Strait, and affirming that military exercises and China’s economic coercion against Taiwan has created unnecessary tension and risk in the region.

Similarly, in the days following Pelosi’s visit, more than 30 MEPs spoke out in favor of Pelosi and Taiwan, including European Parliament Vice-President Nicola Beer, who recently made her own visit to Taiwan in July, and underlined that Europe must never delay in acting vis-à-vis Taiwan.

Michael Gahler, foreign affairs spokesman for the European People’s Party, said that parliamentarians from the democratic world should visit Taiwan regularly to express their support for a democratic society and government in Taiwan and, more importantly, not not accept the intimidation of communist regimes.

Likewise, Reinhard Bütikofer, Chairman of the Parliamentary Delegation for Relations with China, also stressed that democracies must unite their efforts against the Chinese threat and called on EU policy in Taiwan to be more attentive to Chinese actions. and to cooperate fully with the United States.

The Republic of China (Taiwan) is an independent and sovereign country. Taiwan was never part of the People’s Republic of China.

China’s frequent use of military force and economic coercion against Taiwan is not only a threat to the security of this island state, but also to the stability of the Indo-Pacific region as a whole.

Taiwan will continue to strengthen its self-defense capabilities and economic resilience, and assert its sovereignty and security, while strengthening cooperation with like-minded countries to uphold a rules-based international order.

As Pelosi said, Taiwan is an “island of resilience.” This will continue to be the case. Taiwan will continue to strive to be a stabilizing force for regional security and will continue to carry the torch of freedom and democracy as a beacon in the front line against authoritarianism.


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