Speaker of the Seimas Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen believes that it would make sense to send a wider group of European Union (EU) parliament speakers to Taiwan.
This is exactly what the head of the parliament intends to propose during the meetings with the heads of the EU parliaments. The Speaker of the Seimas assures that the instructions addressed by Lithuanian politics not to go to Taiwan will not frighten her.
“I received an invitation from the speaker (You Si-Kuno – ETA), who recently visited Vilnius with a delegation. I met with him, we had dinner, we talked about further in Taiwan, and about cultural and economic cooperation. It seems to me that in this current situation it makes sense to gather the support of a wider group of European Union states and parliament presidents who could go to Taiwan, just to follow Nancy Pelosi’s example,” said V. Čmilytė-Nielsen to Žinių radio.
It would make sense that such a visit could be to show as much support as possible for Taiwan’s democratic society.
The speaker of the Seimas assured that she can discuss her intention to visit Taiwan with other presidents of the EU countries.
“I intend to discuss this issue with the speakers of the parliaments of the Northern Baltic countries, who will visit Lithuania at my invitation, and later will be the speakers of the parliaments of other countries,” said the head of the parliament.
“So, I would think it would make sense that such a visit could be to show as much support as possible for Taiwan’s democratic society.” And also showing the very clear position of the countries that love democracy and defend it,” she noted.
V. Čmilytė-Nielsen hesitates to predict how many EU parliament presidents would decide to go to Taiwan, but according to her, most of them have received an invitation to come.
“Obviously, the views of the states are very different, we are very similar to our colleagues in the Czech Republic, so I will definitely talk to my Czech colleagues, and certainly to others,” she assured.
The politician claims that she will not be intimidated by China’s Lithuanian policy to address demands not to go to Taiwan. However, the Speaker of the Seimas does not know whether such Chinese rhetoric will affect the decision of other countries.
“I certainly would not speak for other colleagues and, as I said, such conversations will take place among themselves. I think it would make sense to show such wider support,” she emphasized.
ELTA reminds that the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, visited Taiwan last week, despite China’s increasingly strict warnings, which caused a sharp rise in tensions between the two world superpowers.
Responding to N. Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis expressed the optimistic hope that her example will soon be followed by other defenders of freedom and democracy.
“Now Speaker N. Pelosi has opened the door to Taiwan much wider. I am sure that soon other defenders of freedom and democracy will enter through them,” he wrote on his Twitter account.