Government and opposition MPs to visit Taiwan as part of Australian parliamentary delegation

Six federal politicians from both Labor and the Coalition will travel to Taiwan next week, in the first visit from an Australian parliamentary delegation in years.

The trip has been organised by Liberal MP Scott Buchholz, and will also include former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce, and Labor MPs Meryl Swanson and Libby Coker.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has played down the significance of the trip, noting politicians visiting Taiwan is not unusual.

“There have been backbench visits to Taiwan for a long time, this is another one,” he said.

“This isn’t a government visit.

“There remains a bipartisan position when it comes to China and when it comes to support for the status quo on Taiwan.”

Some of those heading to Taiwan are reluctant to drum up publicity around the visit, noting the political sensitivities.

But they say it is important Australia maintains a close relationship with both mainland China and Taiwan, and be supportive of democracy in the region.

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