Beijing ‘dissatisfied’ with ‘accusation’ of Taiwan

Beijing said it was “dissatisfied” with Australia, Japan and the United States’ accusations of launching military ballistic missiles into waters around Taiwan, calling them “critical” and “absolutely unacceptable.”

in a joint statementAustralian Foreign Minister Penny Wong, Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi and US Secretary of State Anthony Brinken expressed concern over Beijing’s decision to conduct large-scale military exercises.

They also accused Beijing of firing military ballistic missiles into waters around Taiwan.

“The Secretary and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, [Beijing] Military drills will be halted immediately,” the statement said.

“There is no change in the respective one-China policies, where applicable, and the basic positions of Australia, Japan, or the United States regarding Taiwan.”

In response, a spokesman for the Chinese embassy in Australia accused the United States of being the “greatest obstructor” to peace in the Taiwan Strait and claimed Beijing was a victim of its “political provocations”.

Rather than “expressing sympathy and support” to Australia, the island nation’s largest trading partner, Beijing also criticized Australia for supporting the United States in denouncing Beijing’s actions.

status quo

In a separate statement on August 5, Mr Wong said the missile launches were “disproportionate and destabilizing” for the region and urged “restraints and de-escalation”.

Mr Wong also said there was “no change” to Australia’s one-China policy.

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Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong (left) clashes with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi as a bystander at the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Nusa Dua, Indonesia’s resort island of Bali, on July 8, 2022. (AFP via Johannes P. Christo/POOL/Getty Images)

The embassy also issued a statement in response to Wong’s statement, again accusing the United States of breaking peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.

It also warned that the US would bear “all consequences” for continuing to “change the status quo” in the region.

But Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said he hoped “the status quo will not change”.

“I want peace and security in the region and Australia has said it does not want to change the status quo. That is also the position of the United States,” he said. ABC radio.

The prime minister did not comment on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to visit Taiwan, saying it was “their problem”.

“We need to maintain the course we are on to seek cooperation and a positive relationship with China when Australian values ​​and Australian interests have to be confronted. ‘ said Albanese.

“This includes laws of the sea that allow for safe navigation and transit, including in the South China Sea.”

Rather than officially recognizing Taiwan as an independent state, Australia maintains a One China Policy that officially recognizes it as part of China governed by a separate system of government.

However, the Chinese Communist Party, which rules mainland China, has never ruled Taiwan.

Rebecca Chu


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