The G-7 and the EU’s foreign ministers have issued a joint statement urging China to not unilaterally change the status quo on the Taiwan Strait. The statement comes after China announced three days of drills in six maritime areas just kilometers away from Taiwan’s coast. President Tsai Ing-wen responded to the statement on Twitter, thanking the G-7 for supporting regional peace and stability. Over in the U.S., the White House has condemned China for using the Taiwan visit of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as a pretext to ramp up aggression in the region.
White House press secretary
There’s no reason for Beijing to turn this visit into—which is consistent with our policy—into some sort of crisis, or to use it as a pretext to increase aggressive military activity in or around the Taiwan Strait.
To protest U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Taiwan visit, China has slapped import bans on thousands of Taiwanese products and announced live-fire drills starting Aug. 4 near Taiwan’s territory. The White House said there’s no reason for China to escalate tensions in this way.
White House press secretary
There’s no reason to do that. We have been very clear. There’s no change in our “One China” policy, which is guided by the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979. That has not changed, and so the U.S. will not seek and does not want a crisis here. But we are prepared to manage what Beijing chooses to do.
The White House added that Speaker Pelosi has the right to decide where she chooses to travel. Meanwhile, the G-7 foreign ministers and the EU’s high representative for foreign affairs and security policy have released a joint statement expressing concern over China’s threatening actions, particularly live-fire exercises and economic coercion. They added there is no justification to use a visit as pretext for aggressive military activity in the Taiwan Strait.
Liz Truss (Aug.3)
UK foreign secretary
Well, I do not support China’s inflammatory language on this issue. It’s perfectly reasonable what is taking place, and I urge China to deescalate.
In the same joint statement, the foreign ministers also reaffirmed their commitment to maintaining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. They also called on China, not to unilaterally change the status quo by force in the region. Over in Russia, Pelosi’s visit was slammed as an outright provocation by the U.S.
Dmitry Peskov (Aug. 2)
Kremlin press secretary
The level of tension that Pelosi’s visit will have on the region cannot be underestimated. This is an outright provocation.
Amid Beijing’s escalating threats, Washington says it will monitor any actions by China. U.S. President Joe Biden wrote on Twitter on Wednesday that he had held a phone call with his national security team that morning, in which they discussed a wide range of priorities, including the U.S.’ support of a free and open Indo-Pacific.
Over in Congress, the hearing for the Taiwan Policy Act of 2022, originally scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, has been postponed because Senate committee chair Bob Menendez had to participate in other Senate matters. Observers speculated that the postponement was to prevent further escalation in the Taiwan Strait.