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MOFA response to expression of concern by the European Council summit over Taiwan Strait situation

  • Date:2023-07-01
  • Data Source:Department of European Affairs

July 1, 2023


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (Taiwan) notes that the conclusions adopted on June 30 by the European Council summit cover a number of issues, including Ukraine, the economy, security and defense, China, and external relations. The conclusions emphasize that the East and South China Seas are of strategic importance for regional and global prosperity and security. They also state that the European Union (EU) is concerned about growing tensions in the Taiwan Strait and the European Council opposes any unilateral attempts to change the status quo by force or coercion.


MOFA appreciates that the EU has publicly reiterated in recent months its support for peace, stability, and the status quo across the Taiwan Strait. The EU has also opposed unilateral attempts to alter the cross-strait status quo and any acts of military intimidation. The further confirmation by the European Council summit that the 27 EU member states share a common concern over the Taiwan Strait situation is profoundly significant. Taiwan will continue to deepen exchanges and cooperation across all domains with the EU, its member states, and other like-minded democratic partners in order to safeguard peace, stability, and prosperity across the Taiwan Strait and in the Indo-Pacific.