tirsdag 22. juni 2021

The EU’s Stake in the Taiwan Strait Issue

“We underscore the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, and encourage the peaceful resolution of cross-Strait issues.”

This succinct sentence made its first ever appearance in a Summit Communiqué of the Group of Seven (G-7) on June 13. Two days later, the same content also appeared in the EU-U.S. Summit Statement for the first time. The stress on peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait followed several high-level joint statements in the second quarter of 2021: the Australia-Japan 2+2 Foreign and Defense Ministerial Consultations earlier in June, the EU-Japan Summit , the South Korea-U.S. Summit, the G-7 Foreign and Development Ministers’ Meeting in May, and the Japan-U.S. Summitin April.

The 2021 G-7 Summit – aiming to recover from the pandemic and to “build back better” – was under an unusually bright spotlight. Political leaders around the world are watching closely to see how the new U.S. administration and its partners negotiate on a common agenda. That includes what items will be included in the shared priorities that concern them.