Ellwood, who is a senior lawmaker from the ruling Conservative Party and a former defence minister, said he had also discussed Taiwan’s indigenous submarine programme on his trip, but added he needed to learn a little more about it before saying anything publicly.
While in Taipei, Ellwood met President Tsai Ing-wen, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu, and head of Taiwan’s National Security Council Wellington Koo.
He said Britain should have greater military and security interaction with Taiwan, which security sources have said largely happens behind closed doors, and should be braver in supporting Taiwan internationally.
“Britain has stepped forward, more so than other nations, in helping Ukraine. Other nations then followed. There should be nothing preventing us doing the same again with Taiwan,” Ellwood said.
“There are so many lessons to be drawn from our timidity in Ukraine. The economic and security fallout is privately making many Western leaders realise the folly of not preventing the invasion in the first place.”