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US, Australia and Japan call on China to immediately halt military drills

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The United States, Australia and Japan on Saturday condemned China’s ballistic missile launch and urged China to immediately halt military drills. Tensions in the Taiwan Strait quickly escalated with the trip of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan. China has stepped up its military activities and even crossed the median line.

Several Chinese planes and ships were detected around the Taiwan Strait today, simulating an attack on its main island. Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said its armed forces responded to such a situation accordingly with surveillance systems, CAP aircraft, warships and missile systems.

On Friday, Taiwan’s defense ministry said 68 Chinese military aircraft and 13 warships crossed the median line to take part in drills. “US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong and Japanese Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa met in Phnom Penh on the sidelines of the 55th ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting “, said the US State Department in a statement.

The Secretary and the Foreign Ministers of the three countries expressed their commitment to deepening the trilateral partnership between Australia, Japan and the United States to advance a free and open Indo-Pacific region. “They condemned the launch of ballistic missiles by the PRC, five of which the Japanese government says have landed in its exclusive economic zones, increasing tension and destabilizing the region. The secretary and foreign ministers urged the PRC to immediately cease military exercises,” the state said. says the department.

The U.S. Secretary and the Foreign Ministers also emphasized that this partnership is built on an unshakeable foundation of shared interests and values, including a commitment to freedom, the rule of law, human rights , sovereignty and territorial integrity, peaceful settlement of disputes. They reaffirmed their determination to support the centrality of ASEAN and the importance of Pacific island countries as partners in the region.

They reaffirmed their commitment to maintaining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. They appreciated ASEAN’s statement on the importance of de-escalating tensions in the Taiwan Strait. The three parties share the region’s desire for diplomacy to avoid the risk of miscalculation. The U.S. Secretary and Foreign Ministers have expressed concern over recent actions by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) that seriously affect international peace and stability, including the use of large-scale military exercises.

They also stressed that there was no change in the respective one-China policies, if any, and the basic positions on Taiwan of Australia, Japan or the United States. (ANI)

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