October 18, 2021

French senator plans to visit Taiwan despite China protests

French senator plans to visit Taiwan despite China protests

French senator plans to visit Taiwan despite China protests

By Franch 24 Staff
March 18th 2021

A veteran French senator is still planning to visit Taiwan, the island said Thursday, accusing China of using “wolf warrior” diplomacy to try and scupper the trip.

China has reacted with fury to plans for a visit by Alain Richard, a former defense minister and member of France’s ruling party.

Last month, Beijing’s ambassador wrote a letter to Richard saying China was “firmly opposed” to the visit, which it said would “clearly violate the one-China principle and send the wrong signal to pro-independence forces in Taiwan”.

Both Taiwan and France have shrugged off the protests.

“The Chinese government’s barbaric behaviour will only spark deeper resentment from Taiwanese people,” Taipei’s foreign ministry said Thursday.

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