Phnom Penha [Cambodia]Aug. 6 (ANI): The United States, Australia and Japan on Saturday condemned China’s ballistic missile launches and urged China to immediately cease military exercises.
Tensions in the Taiwan Strait quickly rose when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi traveled to Taiwan. China has stepped up its military activities and has even exceeded the median.
Multiple Chinese planes and ships were detected around the Taiwan Strait today, simulating an attack on the main island.
Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said its armed forces responded accordingly to such a situation with surveillance systems, CAP aircraft, naval vessels and missile systems.
On Friday, Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said 68 Chinese military aircraft and 13 warships have crossed the median line to participate in exercises.
“U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, Australian Secretary of State Penny Wong and Japanese Secretary of State Hayashi Yoshimasa met in Phnom Penh on the sidelines of the 55th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting” , the US State Department said in a statement.
The secretary and foreign ministers of the three countries expressed their commitment to deepen the trilateral partnership between Australia, Japan and the United States to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific region.
“They condemned the PRC’s launch of ballistic missiles, five of which, according to the Japanese government, have landed in its exclusive economic zones, increasing tensions and destabilizing the region. The secretary and foreign ministers urged the PRC to immediately cease military exercises,” the state said. Department said.
The US Secretary and Secretary of State also emphasized that this partnership rests on the unshakable foundation of shared interests and values, including a commitment to freedom, the rule of law, human rights, sovereignty and territorial integrity, and the peaceful settlement of disputes.
They reaffirmed their determination to support ASEAN centrality and the importance of the Pacific countries as partners in the region.
They reaffirmed their commitment to maintaining peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. They appreciated ASEAN’s statement on the importance of de-escalating tensions in the Taiwan Strait.
The three sides share the region’s desire for diplomacy to avoid the risks of miscalculation. The US Secretary of State and Secretary of State expressed concern at the recent actions by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) that have serious implications for international peace and stability, including the use of large-scale military exercises.
They also emphasized that there is no change in respective China policies, where applicable, and base positions over Taiwan, Australia, Japan or the United States. (ANI)