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Taiwan’s MOFA thanks EU for support in face of China’s name-change campaign

Taiwan’s MOFA thanks EU for support in face of China’s name-change campaign

 

On 30 May, Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) expressed gratitude for the EU’s support in the face of China’s efforts to change Taiwan’s designation to “Taiwan, China” on the websites of foreign firms. Earlier that day, a spokesperson for the EU’s European External Action Service stated that China’s attempts to regulate the online content of overseas private companies and individuals “aims at curtailing the freedoms that foreign businesses must continue to enjoy,” adding that the EU “respects the rights of private companies and individuals outside China to manage their own online content within the law and expects others to do so, too.” The spokesperson concluded by saying the EU "is committed to continuing to develop its relations with Taiwan and to supporting its democracy.”

 

The commitment shown by the EU in recent remarks underscores the importance both sides place on safeguarding shared principles, MOFA stated. The Ministry also expressed its sincere hope that all affected parties will stand together and squarely face down China’s intimidation tactics.