A delegation from the European Parliament visits Taiwan

The European Parliament has sent its first official delegation to Taiwan to discuss disinformation and cyber attacks from China and beyond.

The seven-member team, led by Raphael Glucksmann from France, arrived in Taiwan on Wednesday and met with Prime Minister Su Tseng-chang.

Lawmakers belong to a European parliamentary committee that manages foreign interference in the national processes of the European Union and its member states, including elections and the formation of public opinion.

Su told the delegation that Taiwan finds itself in a very difficult position, located across a narrow strait from China and on the front line of freedom and democracy. But he said Taiwan has a lot of experience in combating disinformation.

Glucksmann responded that the delegation wished to learn from Taiwan’s valuable experience and strengthen Europe’s capacity to do the same.

The delegation will remain in Taiwan until Friday. They plan to exchange views with President Tsai Ing-wen and other senior officials on similar topics.

Their visit is the latest in a series of measures taken by the European Parliament to strengthen relations with Taiwan. The EU legislature last month passed a resolution aimed at deepening its political ties.

Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu visited Brussels last week and met with members of the European Parliament.

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