German parliament passes Taiwan resolution
German lawmakers have passed a resolution calling on Berlin to reassess its Taiwan policy and deepen exchanges with the island.
However, the resolution rules out all possibility of establishing formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan.
The resolution was passed by the Petitions Committee of Germany's new parliament.
The committee also decided to refer an earlier motion on establishing formal relations with Taiwan to the foreign ministry and each parliamentary caucus.
The resolution states that since Germany and China established diplomatic relations in 1972, the country has adhered to the so-called "one-China" policy which excludes the possibility of forging diplomatic ties with Taiwan.
But it goes on to say that Germany is supportive of conducting close political, economic and social engagement with Taiwan and expanding cooperation with Taipei is in the interest of Germany and Europe.
Taiwan's representative office in Germany is welcoming the passage of the resolution and thanking German lawmakers for supporting stronger relations with Taiwan, saying it looks forward to seeing the German government's response to the motion.