Led by former President of the France National Assembly François de Rugy, a 6-member delegation of the French National Assembly met Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen on Dec. 15 for a five day visit.

According to AFP news, this move represents new support from a Western country for Taipei’s position on the world stage, despite the threat from Beijing.

This is the second visit to Taiwan by the French National Assembly delegation this year and the latest in a series of visits to Taiwan by Western politicians.

In October, the CCP condemned the visit to Taiwan by a group of French senators led by Alain Richard. The CCP accused the delegation of disrupting the relationship between Paris and Beijing. But Beijing’s threats did not stop the visit. French Senator Alain Richard also repeatedly called Taiwan a “country.”

The CCP is trying to keep Taiwan isolated on the international stage, keeping the world from using “Taiwan” or any mention of the country.

Since the election of incumbent President Tsai Ing-wen, the CCP has increased pressure on Taiwan and tried to prevent political visits to the island.

After the U.S. congressional delegation visited Taiwan in November, China conducted military drills near the Taiwan Strait.

Taiwan’s defense minister said that after 150 Chinese fighter jets struck Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone in October, tensions between the island and China have reached a 40-year high.

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