By: Lee Hsin-Yin
Taipei, Oct. 8 (CNA) It is time for the European Union to stand with Taiwan in the face of an aggressive China, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, former Danish Prime Minister and former NATO Secretary-General, said during a virtual forum in Taipei Thursday.
"Europe cannot say 'we stand for democracy' one second and then give in to China's bullying the next second," Rasmussen said at the Yushan Forum, a multilateral platform established in 2017 for regional dialogue.
The EU should strengthen ties with Taiwan through areas of health and economy, as well as engage more widely with democratic allies in the Indo-Pacific region, he said.
"Europe must demand Taiwan's participation in the next World Health Assembly," Rasmussen said, praising the country's successful control of the spread of COVID-19.