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Democratic principles are taken more seriously in the European Parliament than elsewhere, as it seems. The following questions by MP's serve to illustrate this. After the French government blocked the attempt by the parliamentary group of the Liberals to invite Taiwan's President Chen Shui-pien to come to the European Parliament to receive the "Prize of Freedom" from the Liberal International (see question by Graham Watson below), demands were voiced in the Parliament, asking the EU to grant visa to high-level government officials from Taiwan in the future to enter the EU, at least in their capacity as private persons. This has been at least inofficial practice in the US for some time.
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Question by Maurizio Turco (Italy - NI, independent: Lista Emma Bonino) to the Council (September 8th, 1999): Subject: - Increasingly threatening attitude of the People's Republic of China to Taiwan - Reply (Oct. 22nd, 1999).
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Question by Graham Watson (GB - ELDR: Leader of the Parliamentary Group of the "European Liberal, Democrat and Reform Party") to the Commission (March 22nd, 2001): Subject: Visits of Taiwanese government officials to the EU - Reply by Chris Patten (May 15th, 2001).
Question by Graham Watson (ELDR) to the Council (March 29th, 2001): Subject: Visit of Taiwanese government officials to the EU - Reply (Sept. 27th, 2001).
Further Question by Graham Watson (ELDR) to the Council (Oct. 9th, 2001): Subject: Visits of Taiwanese government officials to EU member states - "Preliminary answer" (February 14th, 2001) [click button below the question]
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Question by Olivier Dupuis (Italy - TDI/NI, independent: Lista Emma Bonino) to the Commission (July 13th, 2000): Subject: Taiwanese membership of the WTO - Reply (Sept. 7th, 2000)
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Question by Olivier Dupuis to the Council (May 21st, 2001): Subject: Observer status for Taiwan at the World Health Organisation - Reply (December 10th, 2001)
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Question by Olivier Dupuis to the Commission (September 19th, 20021): Subject: Abolition of the death penalty in Taiwan - "Preliminary answer" by Chris Patten (September 24th, 2002) [click button below the question]
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European Parliament resolution on the Commission Communication on Europe and Asia: "A Strategic Framework for Enhanced Partnerships" (Sept. 5th, 2002) supporting intensification of EU-Taiwan relations: Paragraphs referring to Taiwan - Link to the original document (pdf, text pp. 35-42).
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