TAIPEI, TAIWAN - Leaders in Europe are offering diplomatically isolated Taiwan a sudden chorus of support this year, giving the democratic Asian island welcome international exposure and a morale boost during its spiraling struggles with China.
This week lawmakers from France, Germany, the U.K. and the European Parliament launched the Formosa Club to strengthen relations with Taiwan, including trade and investment ties, the Foreign Affairs Ministry in Taipei said.
Beijing, backed by the world’s second-largest economy and third-strongest armed forces, asks that other countries avoid recognizing Taiwan diplomatically.
In May, for example, 80 Czech parliamentarians signed a petition to support Taiwan’s participation in the World Health Assembly, the World Health Organization's decision-making body.
“We’re talking about like-minded countries, the free and advanced countries,” Taiwan Foreign Affairs Ministry spokeswoman Joanne Ou said.