Question / Taiwan: Diplomatic Relations

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office
UIN 24569, tabled on 24 June 2022

Question
Mr Virendra Sharma
Labour

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps she is taking to improve UK diplomatic relations with Taiwan.

Answer
Amanda Milling
Conservative

Answered on
30 June 2022

The UK has a clear interest in enduring peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, and the G7 Leaders’ Communiqué this month underscored this with our international partners. As the Foreign Secretary said in her Mansion House speech, we must ensure that democracies like Taiwan are able to defend themselves. Though the United Kingdom does not have diplomatic relations with Taiwan, we have a vibrant unofficial relationship, based on dynamic commercial, educational and cultural ties. This relationship delivers significant benefits to both the UK and Taiwan.

 

Question / Educational Exchanges: Taiwan

Question for Department for Education
UIN 11774, tabled on 1 June 2022

Question
Catherine West
Labour

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to improve and expand education partnerships between the UK and Taiwan.

Answer
Alex Burghart
Conservative

Answered on
8 June 2022

The UK’s longstanding policy on Taiwan has not changed. We have no diplomatic relations with Taiwan but a strong, unofficial relationship, based on dynamic commercial, educational and cultural ties, which we will continue to grow. Taiwan is the world’s 21st largest economy and the UK’s 28th largest trading partner.

Taiwan has set out plans to become a bilingual society in Mandarin and English by 2030. We are supporting this ambition by helping their efforts to ensure higher education can be taught in English, improve standards in teaching, learning and assessment of English, and build greater education links in both directions.

Question / Taiwan: Development Aid

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office
UIN 8054, tabled on 24 May 2022

Question
Rachael Maskell
Labour

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the comments of the President of the United States on US support for Taiwan in the event of Chinese military action on 23 May 2022, what assessment she has made of implications for those comments for her policies on UK support for Taiwan.

Answer
Amanda Milling
Conservative

Answered on
6 June 2022

The UK’s longstanding position on Taiwan has not changed. We consider the Taiwan issue one to be settled peacefully by the people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait through constructive dialogue. We are concerned by any activity that risks destabilising the status quo.

Question / Diplomatic Relations

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office
UIN 1126, tabled on 12 May 2022

Question
Emily Thornberry
Labour

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, in what year (a) Eritrea, (b) Palau, (c) Palestine, (d) Somaliland, (e) Taiwan and (f) Timor Leste were were granted privileges in the UK within the terms of the (i) Consular Relations Act 1968 and (ii) Diplomatic Privileges Act 1964.

Answer
Amanda Milling
Conservative

Answered on
19 May 2022

The Diplomatic Privileges Act 1964 and the Consular Relations Act 1968 give effect in domestic law to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations respectively. The UK maintains diplomatic and consular relations with Eritrea, which acceded to both Conventions on 14 January 1997, and with Timor-Leste which acceded to the Conventions on 30 January 2004; Palau, Somaliland and Taiwan are not party to either Convention. The position of Her Majesty’s Government is clear that the UK will recognise a Palestinian state at a time when it best serves the objective of peace.

 

Question / China: Extradition

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office
UIN 127566, tabled on 22 February 2022

Question
Fleur Anderson
Labour

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to help protect Taiwanese citizens living outside of Taiwan from possible extradition to China.

Answer
Amanda Milling
Conservative

Answered on
3 March 2022

The UK does not have an extradition treaty with either China or Taiwan, but extraditions can be requested on a case-by-case basis by both. UK courts determine whether extradition would infringe upon an individual’s human rights, and extradition from the UK is barred if the court finds that the prosecution is politically motivated. We are unable to comment on what the judicial system of another state might decide to do in such a case.

 

Question / Nicaragua: Taiwan

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office
UIN 92840, tabled on 14 December 2021

Question
Andrew Rosindell
Conservative

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether she or her officials have held discussions with Nicaraguan counterparts on that county’s termination of diplomatic ties with Taiwan.

Answer
Amanda Milling
Conservative

Answered on
22 December 2021

There have been no conversations between the UK and Nicaragua on this issue since Nicaragua’s decision to terminate relations with Taiwan.

 

Question / China: Taiwan

Question for Ministry of Defence
UIN 80990, tabled on 24 November 2021

Question
Jim Shannon
Democratic Unionist Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has held discussions with the Foreign Secretary on potential UK Government support for the Government of Taiwan in the context of the political situation across the Taiwan Strait.

Answer
James Heappey
Conservative

Answered on
30 November 2021

The Foreign Secretary and Defence Secretary meet regularly to discuss a wide range of international issues. These meetings often cover multiple topics and countries at appropriate classification.

 

Question / Interpol: Taiwan

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office
UIN HL3920, tabled on 10 November 2021

Question
Lord Blencathra
Conservative

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have, if any, to call for Taiwan to be given observer status at Interpol.

Answer
Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Conservative

Answered on
25 November 2021

Taiwan has a valuable contribution to make on issues of global concern, including efforts to combat international organised crime. We therefore support Taiwan’s meaningful participation in international organisations, where there is no pre-requisite of statehood for participation. This includes observer status at INTERPOL. Taiwan’s participation in this organisation would, in our view, reduce co-operation black spots, which pose a risk to the UK and our international partners.

 

Question / China: Taiwan

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office
UIN HL3874, tabled on 9 November 2021

Question
Lord Dodds of Duncairn
Democratic Unionist Party

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent discussions they have had with NATO partners about China’s policy towards Taiwan.

Answer
Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Conservative

Answered on
23 November 2021

Her Majesty’s Government considers the Taiwan issue one to be settled peacefully by the people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait through constructive dialogue. The UK Government is in regular contact with like-minded partners on our shared priorities.

 

Question / Taiwan: Foreign Relations

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office
UIN 75915, tabled on 16 November 2021

Question
Stewart Malcolm McDonald
Scottish National Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, when officials in her Department last communicated with the office of the Lord Provost of Glasgow in relation to Taiwan; and if she will publish a minute of those discussions.

Answer
Amanda Milling
Conservative

Answered on
19 November 2021

An official from Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office communicated with the office of the Lord Provost of Glasgow on Friday 12th November. As this was an informal discussion no minute was taken of the conversation.