A written question by Andrew Rossindell MP on discussions with Nicaraguan counterparts on that country’s termination of diplomatic ties with Taiwan.
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has held discussions with the Foreign Secretary on potential UK Government support for the Government of Taiwan in the context of the political situation across the Taiwan Strait.
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have, if any, to call for Taiwan to be given observer status at Interpol. Taiwan has a valuable contribution to make on issues of global concern, including efforts to combat international organised crime. We therefore support Taiwan’s meaningful participation in international organisations, where there is no pre-requisite of statehood for participation.
The Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Lucy Frazer: “I beg to move, that the Committee has considered the draft Double Taxation Relief and International Tax Enforcement (Taiwan) Order 2021. The draft order will give effect to a protocol that was agreed in August to amend the existing double taxation agreement, or DTA, in relation to Taiwan.
Does the patrolling of the Taiwan Strait by the US warship and of similar passages by the navies of the UK, Canada and France signal the intention to go beyond the optics? The mantra of “one country, two systems” has suffered a shocking demise in Hong Kong. There is still time to prevent a similar outcome for Taiwan, but this surely means that there must be contingency plans, which must take effect immediately.
Lord Dodds of Duncairn, Democratic Unionist Party, Life peer Lords, To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent discussions they have had with NATO partners about China’s policy towards Taiwan.
Lord Dodds of Duncairn, Democratic Unionist Party, Life peer Lords, To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of the United States of America about the defence of Taiwan following the statement on 21 October by President Biden that the United States has a “commitment” to defend Taiwan.
Stewart Malcolm McDonald, Scottish National Party, Glasgow South Commons, To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, when officials in her Department last communicated with the office of the Lord Provost of Glasgow in relation to Taiwan; and if she will publish a minute of those discussions.
Michael Reilly said there was an “institutional state of mind” in the FCDO but there is nothing to stop the UK doing more with Taiwan. It was noted that Taiwan and the TRO in the UK could push a lot harder for deeper ties than they currently do.
Andrew Percy, Conservative, Brigg and Goole, Commons, To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment she has made of the recent tensions between China and Taiwan.