German lawmakers want deeper bilateral collaboration with Taiwan

Collaboration Taipei, Oct. 6, 2022 (dpa/NAN) Despite Chinese threats, Germany and Taiwan say they want to further deepen bilateral collaboration because they share common values, visiting German lawmakers said on Thursday.

Klaus-Peter Willsch and five German parliamentary colleagues wrapped up their five-day official visit to Taiwan amid growing regional tensions with China.

“This country is based on the rule of law, a haven of freedom in Asia,” Willsch told a news conference in Taipei before the delegation started their trip home.

In Taiwan, the cross-party Berlin-Taipei parliamentary friendship group met with President Tsai Ing-wen, Vice President Lai Ching-te, Legislative Speaker You Si-kun, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu and other Taiwanese lawmakers, along with representatives of technology companies and institutions focusing on security.

Willsch said the Bundestag has made it clear on several occasions that military threats by major countries against neighbours are unacceptable.

“This is not the way we understand international politics,” Willsch said of Chinese saber-rattling against the democratic island republic.

Willsch said their visit, the first official delegation from Germany since the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic in 2019, shows that bilateral parliament exchange has resumed back to normality.

The Bundestag’s Human Rights Committee plans to visit in late October, followed by a visit of young members of the Bundestag planned for next year, Willsch said. (dpa/NAN)

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