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German experts, politicians urge new government to back Taiwan

2021-10-20
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An H-6 bomber of the PLA. 12 H-6 bombers were among the 56 Chinese military aircraft that flew into Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Oct. 4. Photo courtesy of the Ministry of National Defense
An H-6 bomber of the PLA. 12 H-6 bombers were among the 56 Chinese military aircraft that flew into Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Oct. 4. Photo courtesy of the Ministry of National Defense

Berlin, Oct. 19 (CNA) Some German scholars and politicians with Germany's future ruling parties have recently suggested that when the country's new government is formed it should support Taiwan's international participation amid increasing pressure from China.

Gudrun Wacker and Alexandra Sakaki from the German Institute for International and Security Affairs said in an op-ed piece in German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel on Oct. 8 that Germany should increase its exchanges with Taiwan.

They said China has been putting pressure on Taiwan with military maneuvers in Taiwan's vicinity, cyberattacks, disinformation, and economic sanctions, and Germany should respond.

Although it is not a diplomatic ally of Taiwan, Germany should "foster relations with Taiwan as it is a partner who shares democratic values," they wrote.

Many Western countries have voiced support for Taiwan in the wake of rising cross-Taiwan Strait tensions, and Germany should follow suit and publicly support Taiwan's participation in international organizations, Wacker and Sakaki argued.

Nils Schmid, whose Social Democrats (SPD) won Germany's national election last month, said the status quo of Taiwan-China relations should not be changed unilaterally by China through military coercion, and the people of Taiwan should be able to determine their future on their own.

Germany should support Taiwan's inclusion in the World Health Assembly and maintain close bilateral academic, economic and political relations with Taipei, he said during an online seminar on Oct. 13.

The SPD is in talks with two smaller parties -- the Greens and the Free Democrats (FDP) -- to form a coalition to head Germany's next government.

Johannes Vogel, a FDP member of the German federal parliament, said during the seminar that Taiwan affairs will be one of the most difficult issues Germany will have to deal with in the coming years.

He proposed that democratic countries in Europe, North America and elsewhere establish forums dedicated to preventing a Chinese military invasion of Taiwan.

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