Chinese embassy warns Gothenburg City Council over close ties with Taiwan


Anjali Sharma

GG News Bureau
Chinese embassy in Sweden on Sunday warned the Gothenburg City Council as it considered sister city agreements with Taiwan to reduce its reliance on China, Taiwan News reported.

Members of two parties at the council in Sweden’s second-largest city submitted a motion to expand its foreign relations.

The move caught the attention of the Chinese embassy in Stockholm, according to the report.

The Chinese mission sent an e-mail to the Gothenburg City Council, warned that it should adhere to the One China principle, Beijing’s claim that Taiwan is part of China, the Goteborg Posten reported.

The politicians should handle the “Taiwan issue” correctly, as it was at the very core of China’s interests, the embassy said.

Gothenburg and Shanghai were sister cities, there were rising suspicions about national security threats from China’s investments.

Several Swedish cities have ended sister relations with Chinese cities but Gothenburg has economic factors to consider.

China’s Geely owns Gothenburg-based carmaker Volvo Car Corporation, left 10,000 jobs at risk if relations between the two countries deteriorate.

The opinions at the city council were divided about whether to deal with the issue or leave it up to the central government, Taiwan News reported.

Taiwan’s envoy to Sweden, Klement Gu called on the mayor of Gothenburg to visit Taiwan and witness the country’s economy, culture, and education. Bilateral relations should not be subject to interference by China, he said.

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