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Taiwan’s representative to Germany urged Bundestag delegation to visit the island | News from Germany about Germany | DW

Taiwan’s representative in Germany, Xie Zhiwei, invited the Bundestag delegation to visit the island amid escalation tensions between Beijing and Taipei. “Travel bans on Taiwan should disappear,” he said in an interview published on Wednesday, August 3. German newspaper Tagesspiegel.

“I propose that a delegation of the Bundestag headed by Parliament Speaker Bärbel Bas go to Taiwan. This would come not from parliamentary factions, but from the Bundestag as such – as an independent legislative state body that represents the people and is not subordinate to the government” – said the diplomat.

At the same time, he noted that the current situation represents “the greatest potential for a military conflict since 1996.”

German exporters warn against further escalation

The German Federal Wholesale and Foreign Trade Association (BGA) has expressed concern about a possible escalation of the conflict over Taiwan. “Taiwan is an important component in many sectors of the global economy due to its electrical and semiconductor industries,” BGA President Dirk Jandura told the Rheinische Post. According to him, a further escalation of tension could have far-reaching consequences.

“Given the current geopolitical instability, we consider it more appropriate to refrain from provocations,” Yandura said. “The last thing we need is a further escalation of the conflict and deterioration of economic relations between our two still key trading partners: the United States and China,” he stressed.

Pelosi’s visit draws sharp criticism from Beijing

Tensions between the authorities of mainland China and Taiwan have increased in recent days due to the visit to the island of the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi. Politician left Taiwan August 3, she flew there the night before as part of a tour of Asia. Pelosi became the first speaker of the US House of Representatives to visit Taiwan in 25 years.

The Chinese authorities, who consider Taiwan their territory, were sharply criticized even before visiting Pelosi Island. Chinese President Xi Jinping, during a telephone conversation with US President Joe Biden, warned the United States against “playing with fire” regarding Washington’s position on Taiwan.

In protest of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China summoned the US ambassador to Beijing Nicholas Burns. In addition, China partially suspended trading with the island and announced military exercises in the Taiwan Strait. The US does not officially recognize Taiwan’s independence, but opposes Chinese threats to annex the island by force.

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