The Vice President of the European Parliament Nicola Beer arrived this Tuesday (07.19.2022) on an official visit to Taiwan, whose “democracy and freedom are a model for the Chinese world”, as she declared upon her arrival on the island, reported the official news agency CNA.
Beer, who was received at the airport by Taiwanese Vice Foreign Minister Tien Chung-Kwang, will remain on the island until Thursday.
The German, one of the fourteen vice-presidents of the European Parliament, assured that Europe and Taiwan “are a family in the field of democratic freedom” and that now “is the moment to take the side” of the island, while proclaiming that “Taiwan will not be the next Hong Kong.”
Beer told reporters that “this is the moment to be firmly on Taiwan’s side,” after pointing out that Europe and the island form a “family of democracies.”
“We will not close our eyes to Chinese threats to Taiwan. Europe was late for Hong Kong, we will not be late for Taiwan,” he added, referring to the dismantling of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement. “There is no room for Chinese aggression on democratic Taiwan. At the moment we see war in Europe, we don’t want to see war in Asia,” she added.
Taiwan, population 23 million, lives in constant fear of an invasion by authoritarian China, which claims sovereignty over the self-governing island and has promised to take it over. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has deepened fears in Taiwan and among its Western allies that Beijing might do the same.
Beer, a lawyer and member of Germany’s liberal Free Democratic Party, is scheduled to meet with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen and other senior officials during her three-day visit.