Taiwan in talks to deepen partnership with Europe

November 4, 2021

Taiwan was committed to deepening its partnership with Europe while safeguarding freedom and democracy for the people of both sides, President Tsai Ing-wen told a seven-member delegation of EP lawmakers led by Raphael Glucksmann of France, chair of the EP Special Committee on Foreign Interference in all Democratic Processes in the European Union, including Disinformation (INGE).

Tsai said the Taiwan Government was sparing no effort in working with like-minded partners to combat hybrid threats and disarm disinformation.

This was evidenced by an MoU on cybersecurity co-operation inked by Taiwan and Czechia last month, as well as relevant multilateral workshops under the Taiwan-U.S. Global Co-operation and Training Framework, she said.
One example of the successful GCTF initiative, Tsai said, was a workshop for Europe on resetting global supply chains staged two months ago in Prague. Taiwan was willing and able to share its experiences across the board while strengthening relations with the EU, she added.
In response, Glucksmann praised Taiwan's democratic achievements and described the country as a treasure for democracies to cherish.

Taiwan iwa not alone, he said, adding that Europe would stand with the country in safeguarding the shared values of freedom, respect for human rights and rule of law.
 Democracies must work together in the global contest between the liberal democratic order and the authoritarian alternative, Glucksmann said, adding that the visit of the delegation was expected to lay the groundwork for high-level official exchanges going forward.


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