By: Tang Pei-chun and Ko Lin
In the annual resolution assessing the EU's common foreign and security policy, known as the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), the committee noted that the strengthening of relations with East and Southeast Asia was vital to the "EU's rules-based, comprehensive and sustainable connectivity strategy and vice versa." The resolution will be voted on by the European Parliament in January.
It also mentioned the military build-up in the region and called for all parties involved to respect freedom of navigation, to solve differences through peaceful means and refrain from taking actions to change the status quo, including in the East China and South China Seas and the Taiwan Strait.
Part of the policy also highlighted the committee's concerns over Taiwan's upcoming presidential and legislative elections in January, noting that "foreign interferences from autocratic regimes through disinformation and cyber-attacks on the upcoming general elections threaten Asian democracies and regional stability." [FULL STORY]