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EU’s Taiwan policy in the light of its China policy


Since the mid-1990s the European Union sees it necessary to engage with the PR China due to its increasing economic and political influence. EU-China ties have been developed rather smoothly and comprehensively. EU leaders believe that the more prosperous and influential China becomes, the more the EU could benefit. No serious obstacles are visible and the prospects for further development are promising. Under the “One China Principle”, however, the EU’s Taiwan policy is rather confined. Although the EU is concerned about the security and stability in the Cross Strait relations, their means of interventions are constrained. The European Parliament resolutions as well as the stance of the Council and the Commission towards Taiwan have demonstrated the EU’s ability to tread lightly when dealing with, and there is little visible interest in getting more actively involved in the Taiwan issue. Only the Liberal International truly supports Taiwan in its bid to enhance international visibility. However Taipei-Washington ties dwarf the EU’s Taiwan policy. Therefore there is still large room for further improvements in the Taiwan-EU relations.

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Shaocheng, T. EU’s Taiwan policy in the light of its China policy. Asia Europe Journal 1, 511–525 (2003).

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