US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, Australian and Japanese Foreign Ministers Penny Wong and Hayashi Yoshimasa condemned China’s launch of ballistic missiles and called for an end to China’s military exercises amid the recent visit of Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan. A joint statement published on the website of the US State Department on Friday, August 5.

According to the document, Washington, Canberra and Tokyo “expressed concern over the recent actions of China, which seriously undermine international peace and stability, including the holding of large-scale military exercises.” After China launched ballistic missiles, five of them landed in Japan’s special economic zones, leading to increased tension and destabilization in the Indo-Pacific region, the statement said.

In addition, the foreign ministers of the three countries “reaffirmed their commitment to maintaining peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait” and declared “support for the region’s pursuit of diplomacy to avoid the risk of miscalculation.”

Tensions between the US and China over Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan

Nancy Pelosi flew in with one day visit to Taiwan on August 2. She became the first speaker of the US House of Representatives in 25 years to visit the island, whose independence Beijing does not recognize and which considers one of the Chinese provinces.

The White House and Pelosi herself emphasized that the visit to Taiwan does not mean a change in United States policy towards Taiwan, whose independence Washington does not recognize. Official Beijing nevertheless sharply criticized such a visit, and after the departure of Pelosi, the Chinese army launched the previously announced air and naval military exercises in the area of ​​the island. Taiwan Defense Ministry names Chinese maneuvers extremely provocative and announced the deployment of ground-based missile systems.

Beijing, following the visit of the American, partially suspended trade with Taiwan. The Chinese Foreign Ministry said that the PRC is suspending cooperation with the United States in a number of areas, including climate change, drug control, transnational crime, legal assistance in criminal cases and the repatriation of illegal immigrants. Regarding Pelosi herself and her family members, China imposed sanctionssaying that it “intervened in China’s internal affairs” and violated the “territorial integrity of the country.”

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