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reuters | Taiwan welcomes first official European Parliament delegation, 3 Nov 2021
..."We in Europe are also confronted with interference from authoritarian regimes and we came here to learn from you," added [MEP Raphael] Glucksmann, who is leading the delegation. He described Taiwan as "a laboratory and a hub for the FIGHT against foreign interference and the preservation of democracy"....
Politico.eu.com | EU lawmakers sanctioned by Beijing are due to visit Taiwan, 31 Oct 2022
... Trade, investment and technology are the focus for the delegation, which includes Reinhard Bütikofer, chair of the European Parliament's delegation on relations with China, as well as Sjoerd Sjoerdsma, a Dutch lawmaker. ...Ukrainian parliamentarian Mykola Kniazhytskyi, another member of the group visiting Taipei, sees similarities between his country Donbas and Taiwan....German, Czech, British, Belgian and Kosovan lawmakers also will be on the trip, as Taiwan is keen to pursue parliamentary diplomacy while most Western officials refrain from administration-level visits, out of their "one China" pledges with Beijing.
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The EU's foreign policy arm, the European External Action Service [EEAS], recently issued a NEW! internal document calling on member countries to work on "de-escalation and dissuasion" with Beijing, in the hopes of avoiding a Chinese military invasion of Taiwan. Part of the worry stems from the fact that Taiwan accounts for nearly 90 percent of the most advanced microchips supplied to European companies and manufacturers.

U.S. officials, including Secretary of State Antony Blinken, have in recent weeks warned that China is "speeding up" plans for the use of force against Taiwan ....

president.gov.tw | President Tsai meets European Parliament Committee on International Trade delegation, 20 Dec 2022
...At this time, in the face of the global expansion of authoritarianism, Taiwan is willing and able to strengthen cooperation with our democratic partners around the world. That is why, at the beginning of this year, I announced the Taiwan-Europe Connectivity Initiative in the hope that Taiwan and the European Union can further deepen our partnership and jointly create a resilient democratic alliance....
scmp | Amid cooling TIES with Beijing, EU delegations land in Taiwan to talk defence, security, and supply chains, 9 Jan 2023 PROBE
...Led by the heads of their defence committees [!], the German and Lithuanian parliamentary groups visited the island on Monday for stays of four and six days respectively, Taiwan's foreign ministry said in a statement on Monday.
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According to the source, the delegates were also expected to visit Hsinchu Science Park, where the world's largest contract chip maker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co [TMSC] is headquartered, to understand supply chain conditions in Taiwan.
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[The visiting Lithuanian group] said among the major topics of interest to the group were discussions about the hybrid security threat now faced by Taiwan[,] Europe[,] and Taiwan's all-out-defence programme.....
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Fulbright-Kennan Institute Research Scholar: Oleksandr Merezhko
...Q: You worked at the Wilson Center during 2010-2011--pre-annexation of Crimea. During your time at the Center, did you foresee the events playing out in 2014, as well as in the present?

Merezhko: The truth is that I didn't and couldn't foresee it at that time. The reason for that was that I'm an international lawyer and I believed in international law. I believed that Russia would not dare to violate international law in such a brutal and cynical way. However, even at that time some of my colleagues, who knew the situation in Russia better than me, could foresee such events....

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IRI-USAID | MOOD OF THE AUTONOMOUS REPUBLIC OF CRIMEA, biennial field surveys 2009-2013
Razumkov Center | Crimea in the Public Opinion of Ukrainians
A nationwide public opinion poll of Ukrainians was jointly conducted by the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation and the Razumkov Centre sociological service on August 16-22, 2018 in all regions of Ukraine, excluding the Ukrainian territory of Crimea occupied by Russia and the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. 2,019 respondents aged 18 years and older were polled. The theoretical sample error doesn't exceed 2.3%.

For comparison, findings from a previous nationwide survey conducted jointly by the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation and the Razumkov Centre sociological service on May 11-16, 2016 were included.

The survey was conducted with the financial support of the MATRA project of the Embassy of the Netherlands in Ukraine.

A prevalent majority (69%) of Ukraine's population believes that the Crim

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"state-controlled" Politico.eu.com | French lawmakers will visit Taiwan, island's foreign minister says, 19 Apr
according to a Bloomberg report, which added the delegation is expected to travel Sunday [16.03.23].
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...The visit would come after French President Emmanuel Macron said in an interview with Les Echos and Politico published Sunday that Europe should avoid getting dragged into any potential confrontation between the US and China over Taiwan....
"The paradox would be that, overcome with panic, we believe we are just America's followers," Macron said.
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[Taiwan FM Joseph] Wu did not specify which French lawmakers would travel to Taipei, and France's National Assembly and Senate did not respond to POLITICO's request for comment.
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