French Senate delegation ends its trip to Taiwan with a visit to the Legislative Yuan | Taiwan News
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) —The French Senate delegation, led by Alain Richard, chairman of the Taiwanese Senate Friendship Group, stopped at the Legislative Yuan on Friday October 8 to visit You Si-kun ((游錫堃), chairman of the Legislative Yuan.
During the reception of the delegation, you asked about the threat of sanctions from China to protest their trip to Taiwan. French Senate Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee vice-chairman Oliver Cadick said Beijing banned them from entering China, including Hong Kong and Macao, but not Taiwan, Liberty Times reported.
This proves that democracy in East Asia is not part of China, Cadick said.
Richard said the visit was decided on a long time ago because Taiwan-France relations are very good and the two governments have long-standing friendship groups. The exchanges between the two parliaments are very important and go without saying, he added.
Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳 釗 燮) earlier greeted the arrival of the French Senate delegation as a symbol of France’s attachment to democratic values. The two countries have cooperated closely in the fields of economy, trade, culture, science and technology in recent years, he said.
The delegation is due to leave Taiwan on Sunday.