Taiwanese Minister to Make Rare UK Trip

    Taiwanese Minister to Make Rare UK Trip
    Last updated Jun 12, 2023
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    • Despite having no formal diplomatic ties with the UK, Taiwanese Minister of Digital Industry, Audrey Tang, will make an unusual high-level ministerial trip to Britain this week.
    • Tang, a high-visibility minister due to her fluent English and use of Twitter, will meet with both British officials and the company OneWeb, which specializes in low-earth orbit satellites, to "exchange views on issues related to digital governance and digital industry cooperation."
    • Taiwan views the UK as a vital partner, as the UK has expressed concern over China's increasing military activities. London has also supported Taiwan's participation in institutions including the World Health Organization.
    • Tang will attend London Tech Week, where she is expected to visit Britain's Dept. for Science, Innovation, and Technology and Dept. for Business and Trade, as well as the Global Leaders Innovation Summit, the Artificial Intelligence Summit London, and an AI Roundtable.
    • The Ministry said that Tang seeks collaboration in areas including investment, information security, and relations between Taipei and London.
    • In November 2022, Britain's then-Minister of State for Trade, Greg Hands, met with Taiwanese Pres. Tsai Ing-wen in Taiwan. The PRC criticized the visit.


    Anti-China narrative

    Tang's visit to the UK represents Taiwan's commitment to strengthening bilateral ties and addressing shared concerns — especially in the areas of government information security and technological advancements. The partnership with Britain will enhance Taiwan's communication infrastructure, making the country more resilient in the face of growing Chinese threats and militarization.

    Pro-China narrative

    Though some in the West find it a good idea to insult Chinese sovereignty by meeting with Taiwanese officials, 75% of Europeans believe they should remain neutral in a potential military conflict between Beijing and Washington. Not only will choosing to remain at the beck and call of the US leave Europe economically worse off, but it will also make Europe vulnerable should a war break out. There are no good reasons to antagonize China and the evidence unequivocally proves this.

    Nerd narrative

    There is a 50% chance that at least 13 UN member states will formally recognize Taiwan at the end of 2025, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

    Establishment split



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