Tsai, EU delegation discuss disinformation issues

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen and members of a European Parliament delegation have agreed to strengthen ties to counter disinformation and cyberattacks originating in China and elsewhere.

The seven-member team led by Raphael Glucksmann from France held a meeting with Tsai in Taipei on Thursday. The first official delegation dispatched by the European Parliament to Taiwan arrived the previous day.

The members belong to a special committee that handles foreign interference in domestic processes such as elections and shaping public opinion in the European Union and its member states.

Tsai told the delegation that she hopes Taiwan and its European friends can share their experiences and deepen partnership to counter disinformation and safeguard freedom and democracy.

Glucksmann said Taiwan has built a democracy while facing enormous threats and pressure. He added the EU is now confronted with great threats from authoritarian regimes.

The delegation is also scheduled to meet Taiwan's digital minister and others during the three-day visit. China is expected to react sharply.