The national secretary of Europe ecology-the Greens expressed his disagreement with Jean-Luc Mélenchon on the American visit to Taiwan, and reaffirmed his support for the Taiwanese people.
The Taiwan question divides the Nupes. Julien Bayou, deputy within this left-wing coalition and national secretary of Europe ecology-the Greens, reacted on BFMTV to Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s remarks concerning the American visit to Taiwan.
“It is not possible, under the pretext of I don’t know what so-called ‘provocation’, to consider that China’s intimidation of Taiwan is acceptable,” said Julien Bayou.
The leader of France Insoumise had described the arrival on the island of Nancy Pelosi, president of the United States House of Representatives, as a provocation.
“We must support the people when they fight for their rights”
“We cannot be a variable-geometry democrat and consider that, because such and such an action would offend an authoritarian regime like China, we should abandon Taiwan”, continues Julien Bayou. He also described Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s diplomatic vision as “dated”.
“[Je vois] true cynicism: anything opposed to the United States is fine. I think it’s misaligned behavior. But it was in fact in 1955 the Bandung conference on non-alignment, in the midst of the Cold War. We are very far from that, I think,” he said again.
The national secretary of EELV still denounces the “rhetoric of provocations”, which, according to him, also played a role in the conflict in Ukraine. “We must support people when they fight for their rights, anywhere in the world, and even when it upsets authoritarian regimes,” he concludes.
Reactions shared within the Nupes
Within Nupes, the situation between China and Taiwan divides. Green MEP David Cormand had already criticized Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s position on Twitter. The party issued a statement in which it condemned “China’s military intimidation”.
Olivier Faure, First Secretary of the Socialist Party, was more measured, while showing a form of support for Taipei. “The advisability of Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan is questionable, the will of the Taiwanese to live in a democracy is not”, he commented, also on Twitter.
Still on the social network, the account of the International-Europe sector of the PCF posted a thread on the situation. Also describing Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan as “bravado”, the series of messages also recalled that “what must take precedence is the common interest of the peoples and States of the region to guarantee peaceful coexistence”.
Source: BFM TV