Leading politicians of the FDP parliamentary group want to send a signal of support against military threats from China with a joint trip to Taiwan.

With a visit to Taiwan, the FDP parliamentary group wants to send a signal of support against military threats from China. The Chinese head of state and party leader Xi Jinping is threatening a reunification that will be forced by the military, warned the FDP Federal Deputy and First Parliamentary Secretary Johannes Vogel before the trip, which is scheduled to begin on Monday. In the new systems competition, autocrats must be taken seriously and literally. Vogel told the German Press Agency with reference to Russia’s actions against Ukraine: “Because after Putin comes Xi.”

The Chinese leadership regards Taiwan as part of the People’s Republic and threatens to conquer it. Tensions had escalated in recent months. Following the visit of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in August, Beijing launched large-scale military maneuvers and is maintaining military pressure with increased deployments of warships and aircraft in the Taiwan Straits.

The delegation consists of about ten people and is led by Vogel and the chairwoman of the defense committee, Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann (FDP). In view of the Ukraine war, Strack-zimmer called for other regions of the world, which are of great relevance for future life in democracy and freedom, not to be neglected.