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Backbench Business Committee Implementing the Integrated Review: Tilt to the Indo-Pacific

Foreign Affairs Committee

Held: 16th of November, 2021

Royston Smith (Chair)

Chair: Welcome to the Foreign Affairs Committee inquiry into the UK’s relations with Taiwan. We have three witnesses in the room with us today, and I am going to ask you individually to introduce yourselves.

Foreign Affairs Committee

Held : 16th of November, 2021

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Royston Smith (Chair)

In Committee Implementing the Integrated Review: Tilt to the Indo-Pacific

Foreign Affairs Committee

Held : 16th of November, 2021

Royston Smith (Chair)

Chair: Welcome to the Foreign Affairs Committee inquiry into the UK’s relations with Taiwan. We have three witnesses in the room with us today, and I am going to ask you individually to introduce yourselves.

Chris Bryant; Alicia Kearns; Stewart Malcolm McDonald; Andrew Rosindell; Bob Seely; Henry Smith; Graham Stringer

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EXCERPT] Chair: Thank you. We will go straight into questions. I will ask Michael Reilly to answer the first question first, but, if the other two want to come in, be my guest. How would you characterise UK-Taiwan relations at the present time? Michael Reilly: I would say that they are cordial, but not especially substantive. There has been a welcome increase in the number of bilateral agreements signed in recent years, but if you compare it with a country like South Korea they are still very modest. If you look particularly at things like high-level visits, there has been a real dearth of those. Ministerial visits are few and far between. To my knowledge, it is more than a decade since any Foreign Office official higher than director level visited. I know that it is 25 years since it was agreed that there is no reason why a Cabinet Member could not visit Taiwan, but to my knowledge none has ever done so. It lacks substance, but there is nothing wrong with them apart from that.

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