Swiss delegation calls for ‘peaceful resolution’ to Taiwan-China tensions
Beijing, Feb 6 (EFE).- A delegation of five Swiss parliamentarians visiting Taipei this week called for a “peaceful resolution of the differences across the Strait” Monday during a meeting with the island’s President Tsai Ing-Wen.
Parliamentarian Fabian Molina, from the Swiss Social Democratic Party, said during the meeting that “it is absolutely essential that the differences and tensions between the two sides of the Strait be resolved peacefully and through dialog,” state news agency CNA reported.
“Any other outcome would be unacceptable,” Molina said.
Meanwhile, parliamentarian Nicolas Walder said “Switzerland has a duty to reach out to like-minded countries, including Taiwan, which are open to the world.”
“We must also commit to closer economic cooperation,” he added.
During the visit, the delegation will also meet with other personalities such as the president of the Legislative Assembly, You So-kun, and the Foreign Minister, Joseph Wu, among others.
In recent months, dozens of European parliamentarians have traveled to Taiwan as a sign of support for the island.
Beijing, which considers Taiwan a rogue province and an inalienable part of its territory, has no relations with states that recognize Taipei.
The island is also one of the biggest reasons for friction between China and the United States, mainly because Washington is Taiwan’s main arms supplier, and would be its greatest military ally in the event of a possible war with Beijing.
Taiwan currently maintains official diplomatic relations with 14 countries: Guatemala, Honduras, Vatican City, Haiti, Paraguay, Eswatini, Tuvalu, Nauru, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Belize, the Marshall Islands and Palau. EFE