Michael Gahler (CDU), Chair of the European Parliament’s Taiwan Friendship Group, sees no reason to stop the group’s work in the wake of the debate about foreign influence. The EU Parliament was examining how to prevent illegitimate influence from non-EU countries, Gahler told China.Table. “We should not mix that with the desire to maintain close exchanges with one of the best democracies in Southeast Asia.” The review and possible end of friendship groups in the European Parliament were previously mentioned as a consequence of the ongoing Qatar corruption scandal. “A cessation of work would certainly be welcomed by the Chinese Communist Party,” Gahler commented.
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