US, Australia and Japan urge China to immediately stop military exercises
Beijing announced military exercises virtually all over Taiwan amid the visit of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The heads of the diplomatic departments of the United States, Australia and Japan in a joint statement called on the PRC to stop the exercises “image/webp” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong and Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi expressed concern about the actions taken by China in connection with the visit to Taiwan of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and called on Beijing to immediately stop military maneuvers. This is stated in the joint statement of the heads of foreign affairs agencies following the talks on the sidelines of the ASEAN summit in Cambodia.
“The Secretary of State and ministers reaffirmed their commitment to maintaining peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. <…> [They] expressed concern over China's recent actions, including [its] large-scale military exercises, which are seriously affecting international peace and stability. <…> The Secretary of State and ministers called on the PRC to immediately stop military exercises,— said in the statement.
At the same time, Politico, citing its own sources, reported that representatives of the American military command repeatedly tried to contact their Chinese colleagues amid escalating tensions around Taiwan, but they do not answer calls.
Pelosi's special flight landed in Taiwan on August 2, despite Beijing's objections. After getting off the plane, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives said that the main goal of the American delegation— support for “bright and dynamic” democracy in Taiwan. On August 3, the politician left the country.
China sees Pelosi's visit as a provocation that goes against the principles of the “one China” policy. Before Pelosi's arrival, Washington was warned in Beijing that the visit of the speaker of the lower house of Congress threatened to “undermine relations.”
As a result, on August 4, China began large-scale military exercises that should last until Sunday. Within their framework, live firing will take place in the waters and airspace around almost the entire Taiwan. Airspace and navigation in the exercise areas will be closed.
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Taiwan, ROC)— partially recognized state 100 km from the coast of China. The territory declared its secession in 1949, but China considers it a province. The United States does not have diplomatic relations with Taiwan, but a law passed in 1979 allows Washington to supply weapons there.
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