Indo-Pacific Strategy Gets “Thumbs-Up”

Butikofer welcomes indo-pacific strategy

The EU´s new Indo-Pacific strategy has been welcomed by senior MEP Reinhard Bütikofer, foreign policy coordinator of the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament. He says: “The EU´s new Indo-Pacific strategy that was published today contains but one surprise. Mostly, the new document is following closely in the footsteps of the Council Conclusions of 19 April 2021….

Reimagining A More Resilient UN System With Taiwan In It

Jaushieh Joseph Wu from Taiwan

After more than 200 million infections and over 4 million deaths and counting, the COVID-19 pandemic has raged across the globe, writes Jaushieh Joseph Wu from Taiwan.  This has created a profoundly devastating socio-economic impact on our interconnected world, with virtually no countries spared. The pandemic has disrupted global trade, exacerbated poverty, impeded education, and…

China Threatens EU Over Taiwan

Chinese Military bullying

After what they call the latest Chinese “threats, intimidation and bullying” against Taiwan MEP Petras Auštrevičius (Renew Europe, Lithuania) and MEP Reinhard Bütikofer (Greens/EFA, Germany) jointly initiated an open letter of solidarity to the President, the Prime Minister and the Speaker of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania.  The letter was supported by over 60 Members of the…

EU-Taiwan Relations Improve

ECR Rapporteur Charlie Weimers says he is “delighted” that the first ever European Parliament report on EU-Taiwan relations has received broad support from colleagues across all political groups.  In an own initiative report voted last Wednesday, MEPs of the Foreign Affairs committee recommend that the HR/VP and the Commission intensify EU-Taiwan relations and pursue a…

EU-Taiwan: Strategy for Connectivity with Asia

Since 2018, the EU has pursued a “Connectivity Strategy” with Asia, seeking to strengthen its connection with the region and promote cooperation in areas including transport, digital economy, energy, and human networks, write Andrey Kovatchev and Ming-Yen Tsai. In January of this year, the European Parliament also passed a report on “Connectivity and EU-Asia relations”…

Building a resilient and inclusive global health system together—Taiwan can help

Dr Shih chung Chen

The threat that emerging infectious diseases pose to global health and the economy, trade, and tourism never ceases. Pandemics can spread rapidly around the world due to international aviation and transport, writes Dr. Shih-chung Chen. As of March 2021, a novel form of pneumonia that first emerged in Wuhan, China, at the end of 2019…

How China Has Crushed Hong Kong’s Democracy

And the worst part is, it’s not even done yet.  On March 11, an annual confab of functionaries rubber-stamped a Chinese Communist Party (CCP) plan to gut most of what is left of Hong Kong’s democratic processes, write Aaron Rhodes and Jianli Yang. At the “Two Sessions” meeting, or Lianghui, over 5,000 members of the CCP elite —…

Taiwan-EU Supply Chain

The “Taiwan-EU Supply Chains Forum” organized by the Taipei Representative office in the European Union and Belgium, the Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association (CIECA),Taiwan and the Belgian-based think tank European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS) was held online this year. President Tsai addressed by video that Taiwan and the EU are key trading partners. She said…

Call to Boycott Winter Olympics in China

The European Conservatives and Reformists Party has sent an open letter to the Olympic Committee and has called on the international community to boycott the Winter Olympic Games scheduled to be held in Beijing in February 2022. The games are taking place against the backdrops of a growing list of human rights violations in China, from…

EU China Treaty a “Mistake”

The German weekly news magazine Der Spiegel has published an article about an Open Letter by 100 renowned China experts, researchers and human-rights activists across the globe who are calling for a suspension of the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI).  The experts are demanding an end to the EU-China investment agreement, naming serious human rights violations and the suppression of…