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Lords Debate Taiwan Vol. 819

Question for short debate

Debated : 3rd of March, 2022

Moved by: Baroness D'Souza (XB)

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking, if any, to support democracy in Taiwan.

Question for short debate

Debated : 3rd of March, 2022

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Lords Debate Taiwan Vol. 819

Question for short debate

Debated : 3rd of March, 2022

Moved by: Baroness D'Souza (XB)

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking, if any, to support democracy in Taiwan.

[EXCERPT] - My Lords, I declare my interest as vice-chair of the British-Taiwanese All-Party Parliamentary Group. Taiwan is the Ukraine of the Far East, and it behoves us to note the threats that it endures daily from its neighbours across the strait and its commitment to the democratic process and its democratic institutions. In the last 15 months, there has been an increase of 150% in military intrusions from the PRC over those recorded in 2020. Both the UK Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary, as well as G7 leaders, have emphasised the importance of peace and security in the Indo-Pacific region, with specific reference to Taiwan, as set out in the integrated review and in communiqués. The Minister for Asia, Amanda Milling, answering to a recent debate in the other place, affirmed that “The UK has a clear interest in ensuring peace and stability in the Taiwan strait. Without it, the prosperity and security interests of both the UK and our like-minded partners would … suffer.”—[Official Report, Commons, 10/2/22; col. 1150.] These are welcome words, as are the many shared endeavours that the Minister went on to mention, including increased trade, action against climate change, bilingual education, digital health technology and cultural exchanges. However, today I press the Minister further on the Government’s commitments to Taiwan and its flourishing democracy in the face of increased threats and sabotage of its industry and trade relations.

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