Baltic state lawmakers to visit Taiwan amid threats from China

November 25, 2021 4:55 PM STI

Taipei [Taiwan], November 25 (ANI): A dozen Lithuanian, Estonian and Latvian parliamentarians will travel to Taipei for a government-led forum in early December and meet with senior officials of the Taiwanese government, the Taiwanese foreign ministry said. (MOFA) in a press release. Wednesday.
The planned visit comes at a time when Taiwan is stepping up trade with the European Union and tightening ties with bloc member states, particularly Lithuania, Focus Taiwan reported citing the Foreign Ministry (MOFA).
The delegation will consist of around ten lawmakers and will be headed by Matas Maldeikis, a member of the Lithuanian parliament, Focus Taiwan reported.
This came days after Taiwan officially opened its new representative office in Lithuania, despite heavy retaliation from Beijing.
As Focus Taiwan reports, lawmakers ‘support for Taiwan’s attempts to counter Chinese aggression has gained ground in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, in part due to the Baltic states’ historic struggle to gain independence from the United States. ‘former Soviet Union.

Meanwhile, MOFA spokeswoman Joanne Ou also said the delegation will participate in the 2021 Open Parliament Forum, which will discuss promoting democracy and open parliaments.
Earlier, the European Parliament also sent its very first official delegation to visit the island, defying Beijing’s reluctance, The New York Times reported.
“We came here with a very simple and clear message; you are not alone, “Raphael Glucksmann, French member of the European Parliament and head of the delegation, told Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen adding that” Europe is by your side. “
Observers suggest this is a response to China’s increasingly assertive authoritarianism under the Chinese Communist Party, The New York Times reported.
It came as Beijing claimed sovereignty over the Democratic Island and stepped up military incursions into Taiwan.
Taiwan is a democracy of nearly 24 million people located off the southeast coast of mainland China.
Although it has been ruled separately for more than seven decades, China has threatened that “Taiwan independence” means war. (ANI)

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