New organisation formed to promote rule of law and human rights

Taiwan has joined forces with other groups to form a new organisation designed to promote human rights, democracy and rule of law.

Called the Formosa Club, it is an international body to co-ordinate and strengthen the many parliamentary friendship organisations that promote relations with Taiwan.

It has been formed by Taiwan’s friendship groups in the UK, France and Germany.

The name comes from the name given by Portuguese traders to the island of Taiwan in the 16th century “Ihla Formosa”, which underlines the excellent relations enjoyed by Taiwan with Europe over many years.

It was launched at an event in the European Parliament where  it was explained that the club “will promote the exchange of ideas and cross-border support for EU-Taiwan relations, and the common values shared in respect of freedom, democracy, the rue of law and respect of human rights that have historically underpinned bilateral relations.”

Taiwan’s Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Kelly WU Chiao Hsieh said, “As like minded partners bound by shared values, the EU and Taiwan enjoy a robust trading partnership. in 2018 the EU was Taiwan’s fifth largest trading partner, and Taiwan was the EU’s 15th largest trading partner. European investment in Taiwan has leapt over the past three years, increasing by 51 % to reach a record high of US$ 51.5 bn per annum to date. Much of this growth has been in the renewable energy sector – a focus of the Taiwan Government’s Five Plus Two Industrial Innovation Programme.”

He said, “In particular Taiwan has been working to develop offshore wind energy with several European countries including Germany, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Denmark and the Netherlands.”

Further comment came from German EPP MEP Michael Gahler, the new chairman of the European Parliament Taiwan friendship group, who welcomed the new club.

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