German lawmakers leave for Taiwan as relations improve

Germany’s ambassador to the United States said the country should not allow China to move the goalposts to isolate Taiwan or violate international law.

  • By Yang Cheng-yuand Jake Chung / Journalist, Writer

Relations with Germany continue to warm as Chairman of the German-Taiwanese Parliamentary Friendship Group Klaus-Peter Willsch, leading a six-person delegation, left Germany for a six-week visit days in Taiwan yesterday.

This visit is another initiative of Berlin this year in favor of Taiwan. The German Bundestag unanimously adopted a resolution in May supporting Taiwan’s application to participate in the WHO as an observer.

German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach added his support for Taiwan’s participation in the World Health Assembly this year.

Photo: Screenshot of the facebook page of the representative in Germany Hsieh Chih-wei

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock expressed her support for Taiwan in August in light of Beijing’s military response to US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan.

A progress report on Germany’s policy directions for the Indo-Pacific region released last month said the country was against any non-peaceful change to the “status quo” across the Taiwan Strait.

It was the first time Taiwan was mentioned in a policy progress report.

Taiwan and Germany also signed an air services agreement in July last year, which saw flights between the two countries increase from seven to 11 flights per week, and laid the groundwork for EVA Airways is launching a new direct route from Taipei to Munich next month.

Lawmakers from the Democratic Progressive Party visited Germany twice last month to deepen parliamentary relations between Taiwan and Germany, while the Legislative Yuan on Wednesday founded the Taiwan-German Parliamentary Friendship Association.

“We cannot allow China to move goalposts to isolate Taiwan, let alone violate international law,” German Ambassador to the United States Emily Haber wrote on Twitter on Thursday.

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