Chinese military activity near Taiwan provocative & destabilizing: US
Declaring that America’s commitment to Taiwan was “rock-solid”, the US has told China that it will continue to watch very closely the “provocative” and “destabilizing” Chinese
military activities near the self-ruled island.
Taiwan’s Defence Ministry said 56 Chinese warplanes made incursions into its air defense identification zone on Monday, the highest number since the island began publicly reporting such activities last year.
China views Taiwan as a breakaway province. However, democratic Taiwan sees itself as a sovereign state. Beijing has not ruled out the possible use of force to achieve unification with Taiwan.
Responding to questions on the issue of Chinese warplanes frequently entering Taiwan’s air defense zone, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters at her daily news conference on Monday that, We remain concerned by the People’s Republic of China’s provocative military activity near Taiwan, which is destabilizing risk miscalculations and undermines regional peace and stability.
We urge Beijing to cease its military, diplomatic, and economic pressure and coercion against Taiwan, and we have an abiding interest in peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, she said. That’s why we will continue to assist Taiwan in maintaining a sufficient self-defense capability.
We maintain our commitments, as outlined in the three communiques, Taiwan Relations Act, and the Six Assurances, she said. America’s commitment to Taiwan is “rock-solid and contributes to the maintenance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and within the region,” Psaki said.
We have been clear, privately and publicly, about our concern about the PRC’s pressure and coercion toward Taiwan, and we will continue to watch the situation very closely, she said. Meanwhile, State Department Spokesperson Ned Price told reporters that the US is very concerned by China’s provocative military activity near Taiwan.
This activity is destabilizing. It risks miscalculations and undermines regional peace and stability. We strongly urge Beijing to cease its military, diplomatic, and economic pressure and coercion against Taiwan, he said. Our commitment to Taiwan is rock solid.
It contributes to the maintenance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and within the region, and we’ll continue to stand with friends and allies to advance our shared prosperity, security, and values. We will do that as we continue to deepen our ties with Taiwan, Price said.