Thu, Mar 03, 2005 - Page 1 News List

European lawmaker plans resolution to protest Chinese law

EXCHANGING VIEWS A member of the European Parliament said that what was needed in the Taiwan Strait was dialogue, not weapons and intransigence

CNA , BRUSSELS

A German member of the European Parliament expressed explicit opposition on Tuesday to Beijing's plans to enact an "anti-secession" law targeting Taiwan.

Georg Jazembowski said he will initiate a resolution at the parliament soon to give the EU lawmakers an opportunity to try to prevent enactment of the proposed law.

Jazembowski said the European Parliament should, via a resolution, tell the Chinese categorically that what the two sides of the Taiwan Strait need is politicial dialogue, instead of weapons aimed at each other.

Jazembowski made the remarks during a teleconference on Tuesday, during which President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) exchanged views with a number of EU parliamentarians as well as journalists stationed in Brussels.

During the video-conference, Chen called on the EU not to lift its ban on arms sales to China, saying that the possible lifting of the embargo has been a cause of serious concern to the US and Japan because both countries understand it would tilt the military balance across the Taiwan Strait.

Chen also urged the EU member states to realize China's attempts to unilaterally change the status quo across the Taiwan Strait by enacting an anti-secession law designed to prevent Taiwan from pursuing its own political identity.

Jazembowski, who has visited Taiwan in the past and who referred to Chen as "my dear friend" during the teleconference, claimed that the proposed anti-secession law is a "political weapon" aimed at Taiwan.

Jazembowski added that he has been pushing for the EU to pay closer attention to the security situations in the Asia-Pacific region, including some "sensitive" issues involving North Korea, China, Japan and Taiwan.

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