European Parliament Passes Pro-Taiwan Resolutions|歐洲議會挺台參與國際組織 外交部表感謝
The European Parliament passed two Taiwan-friendly resolutions on Jan. 15 and reaffirmed its support for Taiwan's participation in international organizations. In a media interview, President Tsai referred to Taiwan as "Republic of China (Taiwan)." This has led to suspicions that she plans to change the official name of Taiwan and scholars are calling on Tsai to respect the constitution.
On the 15th, the European Parliament passed two Taiwan-friendly resolutions that reaffirmed its support for Taiwan's participation in global organizations while also addressing, for the first time, the issue of "foreign interferences from autocratic regimes through disinformation and cyber-attacks on the upcoming general elections" that threaten Asian democracies and regional stability.
We express our sincerest gratitude, and we will continue deepening mutual cooperation with the countries of Europe and our neighboring countries that share our ideals to jointly safeguard the value of democracy and freedom, and also work together to promote regional peace, stability and prosperity.
The head of the European Parliament Taiwan Friendship Group, Michael Gahler, also congratulated Taiwan on its recent election, saying it allowed Europe to see that there can be democratic elections in Chinese society.
In an interview with the BBC, President Tsai Ing-wen said Taiwan is already an independent country that calls itself "Republic of China (Taiwan)." This led to criticism that Tsai is planning to change the status quo and the official name of Taiwan. One scholar is reminding Tsai that the official name of Taiwan under the constitution is "Republic of China."
The official name under the constitution is "Republic of China." There is no "Republic of China (Taiwan)." That is not the official name of any country. If you want to change the official name, you have to amend the constitution. There is a price to pay for that. You have to consider whether that will cause unnecessary difficulties down the line.
Chao Chun-shan says "Republic of China (Taiwan)" is not recognized by other countries and can only be uttered in informal settings. In addition, the official name of Taiwan cannot be changed without a constitutional amendment. Chao also said leaders shouldn't create international confusion. In response, the Presidential Office said the name "Republic of China (Taiwan)" has been used internationally for a long time already and called on Chao to stop his "totally ideological" and "intentionally confusing" accusations.
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