French Senator Visits Taiwan Amid Increasing Tensions in China


Taipei-A group of French senators, including a former Defense Minister, will visit Taiwan this week, the island’s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday, the visit came when tensions between Taipei and Beijing were rising in China. Despite the opposition.

Their trip comes after China Flyed almost 150 fighters It will invade Taiwan’s air defense identification zone for four days from October 1, the anniversary of China’s founding.

China claims to have democratically ruled Taiwan as its territory and is always angry with foreign authorities traveling to the island.

Joan Ou, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Taiwan, said the delegation was headed by Alain Richard, the head of the Taiwan Friendship Group in the French Senate from 1997 to 2002, under President Jacques Chirac. Said. Richard visited Taiwan twice in 2015 and 2018.

Mr Wang said Richard and his group would come despite pressure from China.

“We are very impressed and impressed with this,” she added.

Taiwan’s diplomatic ministry later said three other senators would take part in a trip that lasted Wednesday through Sunday and would meet with senior officials, including President Tsai Ing-wen.

France, like most countries, has no formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan, but previously sold weapons to the island. There were 6 frigates in 1991 and 60 Mirage 2000 fighters the following year.

March, Chinese Embassy in Paris warned He urged lawmakers to refuse to meet Taiwanese officials from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, saying that French senators were free to meet anyone they wanted when they traveled.

The Taiwanese government has condemned China’s pressure, defending island freedom and democracy, and saying that only Taiwanese citizens can determine their future.

Ben Blanchard

Reuters

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