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US News: A delegation from French senators arrived in Taiwan despite the Chinese protests

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Airport One delegation from four French senators led by a former Minister of Defense arrived in Taiwan on Wednesday, despite the strong protests of the Chinese Embassy in France.

The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs rejected China's protests, saying that senators were free from their travels.

"Senators make this visit despite the threats of the Ambassador of China in France, thereby showing their unwavering commitment to the spirit of freedom and democracy," said the Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement on Tuesday .

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Since March, China has been trying to deter French senators from making this trip on the island, which it considers one of its provinces.

The Embassy of China warned that the visit would undermine the interests of China, the French-French relations and "the image of France" in recent comments on its website.

In February, the Ambassador of China sent a letter to the former French Minister of Defense Alain Richard, in which he declared that his visit "clearly violated the principle of one China and would send a bad signal to the independence forces Taiwan ".

member of the presidential majority, Alain Richard presides over the information and exchange group between the Senate and Taiwan. He has already visited the island in 2015 and in 2018.

he refutes for his part any questioning of the principle of one China.

The delegation will meet the President Tsai Ing-Wen on Thursday before finishing his trip Sunday, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs of Taiwan.

Beijing opposes that Taipei has official exchanges with other countries and has insistently tried to dissuade politicians from going there in recent years.

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