ALDE Party Vice-President Sal Brinton met with the Foreign Minister of Taiwan Dr. Joseph Wu during his visit to Brussels last week.
Meeting in the European Parliament along with a number of MEPs and Parliamentarians from Belgium and Luxembourg, she reaffirmed ALDE Party’s longstanding engagement and support to Taiwan, noting that ALDE Party remains strongly opposed to attempts by Beijing to a unilateral change of status quo in the Taiwan straits and should intensify its support for Taiwan, including through high-level visits, and for the Taiwanese people's right to make decisions on their own future.
She praised the Taiwan government and civil society for their voluntary assistance to Ukraine, and called on Europe and Taiwan to work together to respond to the challenge of authoritarian countries.
She also informed the Foreign Minister about the creation of a new scholarship established in honour of late ALDE Party President Hans van Baalen, who was a staunch supporter of Taiwanese freedom and democracy.
Following the meeting, Vice-President Brinton said: “It was a pleasure meeting Minister Wu and discussing both the challenges that Taiwan continues to face, as well as their strong commitment to their own democracy, and helping other countries, including Ukraine.”
Greatly honored to meet staunch friends of #Taiwan from @Europarl_EN, @ChambreLux, @DeKamerBE & @UKHouseofLords. I’ll continue to strengthen bonds among freedom lovers to counter the threat of authoritarianism. We remain your reliable partner for global peace & prosperity. JW pic.twitter.com/TEfTqNKdS7— 外交部 Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ROC (Taiwan) 🇹🇼 (@MOFA_Taiwan) June 17, 2023
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