European Parliamentary delegation visits Taiwan

The European Parliament has sent its first official delegation to Taiwan to discuss disinformation and cyberattacks originating in China and elsewhere.

The seven-member team, led by Raphael Glucksmann from France, arrived in Taiwan on Wednesday and met Premier Su Tseng-chang.

The lawmakers belong to a European Parliamentary committee that handles foreign interference in domestic processes in the European Union and its member states, including elections and shaping public opinions.

Su told the delegation that Taiwan is in a very difficult position, located across a narrow strait with China and on the frontline of freedom and democracy. But he said Taiwan has a lot of experience in tackling disinformation.

Glucksmann responded that the delegation wants to learn from Taiwan's valuable experience and enhance Europe's ability to do the same.

The delegation will stay in Taiwan until Friday. They plan to exchange views with President Tsai Ing-wen and other top officials about similar topics.

Their visit is the latest in a series of moves by the European Parliament to bolster its relations with Taiwan. The EU legislature last month adopted a resolution to deepen its political ties.

Taiwan's foreign minister, Joseph Wu, visited Brussels last week and met some members of the European Parliament.