Taiwan says will be 'force for good' after unprecedented G7 support
TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan will be a "force for good" and will continue to seek even greater international support, the presidential office said after the China-claimed island won unprecedented support from the group of seven major democracies.
The G7 leaders on Sunday scolded China for human rights in Xinjiang, called on Hong Kong for a high degree of autonomy, and underlined the importance of cross-strait peace and stability.
Taiwan Presidential Office spokesman Xavier Chang said this was the first time the communique of G7 leaders had emphasized the importance of peace and stability in the Strait and the first time since its inception was "Taiwan friendly content" and expressed his deep gratitude for the support.
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Taiwan and the G7 countries share fundamental values such as democracy, freedom and human rights, he added.
"Taiwan will certainly remain true to its role as a responsible member of the region and will also vigorously defend the democratic system and protect shared universal values," said Chang.
Taiwan will continue to deepen its partnership with G7 and other like-minded countries and seek greater support from the international community, he said.
Taiwan will also "firmly contribute" to "the greatest force for good" for peace, stability and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region, Chang added.
In recent months, China has increased its pressure on the democratically ruled Taiwan with regular military exercises near the island in order to assert Beijing's sovereignty.
While most countries, including G7 members, do not have formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan, the group, along with other Western allies, has increased its support for the island.
This includes calling for Taiwan to be given adequate access to the World Health Organization during the coronavirus pandemic. Due to Chinese objections, Taiwan is not a member, which it only regards as one of its provinces, which does not have the right to the insignia of a state.
(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Michael Perry)
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