Despite Chinese military threats, the European Union has pledged support for Taiwan, raising concerns among Chinese officials, according to local media, ANI reported. Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu visited Europe just days after the European Union reaffirmed its support for Taiwan. Beijing has been furious since the minister’s trip to Europe made it clear that the EU stands alongside the United States, Japan and Australia, who are trying to corner China on a number of issues, and are supporting Taiwan, including human rights abuses and expansions, according to the international think tank International Forum for Rights and Security (IFFRAS).

Taiwan’s allies, the United States and Japan, have increased their engagement with the democratic island nation to help it defend against a growing threat from China, putting Beijing in a difficult position. In terms of involvement and support from regional partners, Taiwan has had a relatively positive month. US President Joe Biden and his Japanese counterpart Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga issued a joint statement in April stressing the importance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and supporting the peaceful settlement of cross-strait disputes.

EU hinted at change in policy towards Beijing

China’s growing dominance and military transgressions in the region have been criticized by major democracies around the world. In such a scenario, EU intervention put an end to Beijing’s plans to annex Taiwan, according to IFFRAS, ANI reported. A few weeks ago, the EU also hinted at the change in its policy towards Beijing after European Commission Executive Vice President Margrethe Vestager expressed solidarity with Lithuania, saying that the The EU will continue to push back these attempts and adopt appropriate tools, such as the anti-coercion instrument, currently in preparation, according to ANI reports.

The China-Taiwan conflict

Despite the fact that the two sides have been governed separately for more than seven decades, Beijing claims full sovereignty over Taiwan, a democracy of nearly 24 million people located off the south coast of mainland China. Taipei, on the other hand, has resisted Chinese aggression by strengthening its strategic ties with democracies, especially the United States, which Beijing has consistently opposed. China has repeatedly warned that “Taiwan independence” will lead to war. On June 1, Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed to complete reunification with Taiwan, an autonomous country, and vowed to crush any initiative by the island to gain official independence.

(With entries from ANI)

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