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Beijing: An European Parliament might soon be visiting Taiwan with an aim to push for closer ties with Taipei, a move that is sure to rattle China.
The small party plans to travel early next week, according to multiple sources familiar with the schedule, taking high-level meetings with senior Taiwanese government officials, reports South China Morning Post.
Leading the delegation will be Raphael Glucksmann, a French MEP and outspoken critic of China who was sanctioned by Beijing in March in a dramatic tit-for-tat escalation in bilateral tensions, the newspaper reported.
Taiwan has been governed independently defying mainland China since 1949.
Beijing views the island as its province, while Taiwan — a territory with its own democratically elected government — maintains that it is an autonomous country and has political and economic relations with several other nations that recognize its sovereignty.