Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen on Tuesday called on Germany to help maintain “regional order” during a meeting with senior German lawmakers, who are visiting the island on a trip North Korea has made. Kinh condemned.
Taiwan, which China claims as its territory, has been emboldened by support from Western democratic allies in the face of China’s growing military threats, including exercises held by China near the island in August.
Meeting lawmakers at the presidential office, Tsai said that in the face of “authoritarian expansionism”, democracies must stand together.
“Starting next year, Taiwan’s mandatory military service will be extended by one year. This will strengthen our defense capabilities and demonstrate our determination to defend our homeland and defend our people,” he said. our employer,” she said, referring to an announcement last month.
“We look forward to Taiwan, Germany and other democratic partners working together to maintain order and prosperity in the region.”
While Germany, like most countries, has no formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan, Berlin is working on a new strategy that takes a more sober view of its relationship with China and aims to reduce its dependence on Taiwan. Asia’s economic superpower.
Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann, head of the German parliament’s defense committee and a member of Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s junior coalition, the Free Democratic Party (FDP), told Tsai that Germany and Taiwan friends.
Mr. Strack-Zimmermann said that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was a wake-up call for the whole world.
“That’s why we came to your country, to your wonderful island, to tell (to) the world that we stand together as democracies,” he said. she added.
China has expressed anger over the trip, with its foreign ministry on Monday alluding to Germany’s World War II past.
“We want to point out that the root cause of the Taiwan problem is rooted in the law of the jungle, hegemony, colonialism and militarism that once raged in the world. China is deeply affected. Germany has a profound history and a tragic lesson about that,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin.
Taiwan rejects China’s claim, saying only the island’s 23 million people can decide their future.
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