Taiwan's Outpouring Support For Australia Attacked By Communist China
Taiwanese President promised to help Australians when Beijing pressure is "tremendous". Taiwan lawmakers are encouraging to purchase Australian wine.
Taiwan would take action to back Australians at a time when they are “under tremendous pressure,” President Tsai Ing-we stated on Wednesday.
Taipei and Canberra have been mutually supportive in fighting the Wuhan virus pandemic, especially in exchanging critical medical materials in the early stages, Tsai said, before chairing the Democratic Progressive Party Central Standing Committee meeting in Taipei.
Taiwan and Australia are like-minded nations, sharing the common values of democracy, freedom and human rights, while their economic and trade relations have also become close, she said.
Politicians in Taipei also showed support for Australian wine makers taking photo of themselves holding bottles of Australian. Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Ms. Chiu Yi-ying together with her colleagues published such photo on her website and social media channels giving an Australian wine a nickname of "a Freedom Wine".
The party's Legislator Ms. Lo Chih-cheng assessed that Australia is experiencing the worst of China’s bullying, similar to Taiwan.
"Taiwan and Australia are like-minded nations, sharing the common values of democracy,
freedom and human rights, with close economic relations."
Taiwanese Ambassador to the Holy See Hon. Matthew Lee published on the Embassy’s Facebook page a photo of himself holding the box of Australian wine in a shop in Rome.
Hon. Lee posted also the message: “Fraternity is not a trend or a fashion ... but the result of concrete acts,” echoing Cardinal Pietro Parolin’s presentation of Pope Francis’ October encyclical Fratelli Tutti.
"Australia is experiencing the worst of China’s bullying, similar to Taiwan"
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday posted on Twitter a photograph of two bottles of wine, with a caption that read: “We stand in solidarity with Australia by serving FreedomWine at @MOFA_Taiwan.”
The Australian Office in Taipei is to mark its 40th anniversary next year, showing that the bilateral friendship is steadfast and enduring, ministry spokeswoman Ms. Joanne Ou said in a statement.
Taiwan and Australia stand stronger together, and would continue to deepen their partnership to defend their shared values and maintain regional stability, she said.