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 a joint statement by 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 about China’s recent actions, including [their] 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, ”the statement said.
At the same time, Politico, citing its own sources, reported that representatives of the US military command have 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 is to support Taiwan’s “bright and dynamic” democracy. 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. Prior to 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, which should last until Sunday. Within their framework, live firing will take place in the waters and airspace around almost the entire Taiwan. The airspace and navigation in the areas of the exercises will be closed, writes RBC.