Mainland China Expected to Remain “Strategic” Despite Symbolic Visit by European Politicians to Taiwan


Photo taken on July 21, 2019 from Xiangshan Mountain showing the Taipei 101 skyscraper in Taipei, Southeast China’s Taiwan. Photo: Xinhua

A 13-person delegation from the European Parliament (EP) Special Committee on Foreign Interference in All Democratic Processes (INGE) arrived on the island of Taiwan on Wednesday amid growing tensions across the Taiwan Strait.

Chinese experts said the high-level visit showed how Taiwanese secessionists were inspired by token support from the West, but also reflected their desperate struggle like a cornered beast.

Mainland China needs to maintain its strategic focus and avoid paying much attention to these political clowns and giving them more incentive to play when they actually have less impact than they do. suggest, experts said.

Although a delegation led by EP Vice-President Ryszard Czarnecki visited the island in October 2016, Taiwanese media reported on Thursday that the tour was the first time the EP has sent a delegation to the island, and they said the delegation would meet with Taiwan’s secessionist regional leader Tsai Ing-wen on Thursday. Questions on “identifying and defending against false message attacks” and “strengthening communication and exchanges between the two parties” should be addressed.

The delegation was led by French committee chairman Raphael Glucksmann, as well as politicians from Lithuania and the Czech Republic, two countries that tend to confront mainland China under American cover, as well as parliamentarians from Austria, Greece and Italy. Glucksmann is on the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s sanctions list.

During a routine press briefing on Wednesday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry did not comment on the tour of the EP delegation to Taiwan.

On October 27, a spokesperson for the Chinese Mission to the EU declared the European Parliament to be an official body of the EU. If his committee sends MPs to Taiwan, it would seriously violate the EU’s commitment to the one-China policy, undermine China’s core interests and undermine the healthy development of China-EU relations.

“We will make further reactions as the situation evolves.”

Observers said China was calmer in the face of provocations. The lack of a firm statement from mainland China will make Taiwanese secessionists more nervous and extremely uncomfortable.

The visit of the EP delegation is only symbolic to show its support, Chang Ya-chung, a member of Taiwan’s main opposition party, the KMT, and president of the Sun Yat school, told the Global Times on Wednesday. sen in Taiwan.

As discontent with the authority of the DPP mounts on the island of Taiwan, Tsai tries to create an anti-mainland atmosphere again, turning his public policy failure into a political obstacle posed by others, Chang said. .

Since the start of 2021, the EP has adopted 12 pro-Taiwan resolutions, including the one adopted on 20 October on deepening so-called political and economic ties with the island.

It doesn’t matter how many resolutions the EP has adopted, because these are only proposals and an attitude of the so-called public representatives, Chang said.

Although EP parliamentarians position themselves as public representatives, most of the time they do not represent the will of the people. And the consequences of their irresponsible words and actions are often borne by administrative units and European citizens.

They say beautiful things with grandiose speeches, but take no administrative responsibility, and the consequences are often borne by administrative units and European citizens, Chang said.

“The mainland must maintain its strategic direction and not pay much attention to the performance of anti-China parliamentarians … There are more than 700 members of the European Parliament, and the mainland can also invite an official delegation and affirm the development. from the mainland, ”Chang said.

The expert said the main job of so-called Taiwanese officials overseas is to woo local lawmakers, who can do the island a favor by initiating and passing pro-Taiwan resolutions.

“They [Taiwan’s overseas officials] know that it makes no sense because their efforts cannot shake the framework of one China in the world community. But when the mainland cares too much about this issue, their efforts seem to become very meaningful, ”Chang said.

Although the visit likely does not lead to any tangible results between the EU and the island of Taiwan, some experts have suggested that the mainland should be cautious.

Although the West and the island of Taiwan are far from the values ​​they often talk about, they constantly push the Chinese mainland, in agreement with Western opinion, to portray the mainland as a stubborn “anti-power”. democracy, anti-human rights “. a Beijing-based expert on the Taiwan issue told the Global Times on condition of anonymity.

The visit, in essence, is a lame roadshow by several European politicians in the name of democracy and in support of Taiwan for their own interests. And the DPP authority cooperated with the show to create the illusion of an anti-continental alliance, the expert said, noting that the DPP authority could offer financial support to these “political clowns” in the country. name of academic research, and turn them into propaganda tools. for Taiwan’s secessionism.

The DPP’s authority provocations have been encouraged by recent false signals from the United States and the West, but they also reflect the anxiety and awkwardness of Taiwanese secessionists. They feel that a reunification cord is tightening and choking them, the expert said.

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