Australia, the United States and Japan issued a strong condemnation of China, accusing the country of having a “dangerous” impact on international stability due to its massive military exercises in the Taiwan Strait.
Foreign Minister Penny Wong said on Friday that China’s actions, which included the launch of ballistic missiles that Japan claims landed in its exclusive economic zone, were “disproportionate and destabilizing.”
Wong, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Japanese Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa issued the joint statement on the sidelines of the ongoing 55th ASEAN Summit in Phnom Penh.
China on Thursday began large-scale military exercises in the Taiwan Strait and fired ballistic missiles said to have landed in Japan’s exclusive economic zone, after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan on Wednesday.
“The Foreign Minister and the Foreign Ministers expressed their concern over the recent measures taken by the People’s Republic of China that seriously affect international peace and stability, including the large-scale use of military exercises,” Wong, Blinken, and Yoshimasa said in a joint statement. statement.
The trio specifically condemned China’s deployment of ballistic missiles, an act they said had increased tension and destabilized the region.
China reacted with fury to Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, a small democracy whose independence the communist country refuses to recognize.
In addition to significantly increasing live-fire military exercises in the Taiwan Strait, China has “personally punished” Ms Pelosi and her immediate family, the People’s Republic of China said in a statement.
China does not recognize Taiwan independence and has vowed to “reunite” the island nation with the Chinese mainland, by force if necessary.
The escalation of Chinese military exercises in the Taiwan Strait led to ASEAN making a rare appeal on Thursday to show “maximum restraint”.
The minister and ministers have repeatedly stressed that there is “no change” in the policy of each country in Taiwan.
In the joint statement, Wong, Blinken and Yoshimasa also committed to strengthening relations between the three countries.
They said the partnership is based on the “unshakeable foundation” of common interests and values between countries, including freedom, rule of law and freedom of navigation and transit.
Originally published as Penny Wong condemned China for “grave” act