The White House has expressed concern over China’s “provocative” military behavior toward Taiwan after Beijing sent 56 fighter jets to its air defense area on October 4, the fourth of continued military offensive against the self-ruled island. marks the day.
Speaking at a press briefing on Monday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki urged China to end its aggressive behavior that officials say threatens peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and could lead to a military confrontation. could.
“We are concerned by the People’s Republic of China’s provocative military activity near Taiwan, which is destabilizing the wrong assessment of the risk and undermining regional peace and stability,” Saki told reporters.
“We urge Beijing to cease its military, diplomatic and economic pressure and coercion against Taiwan. And we have an enduring interest in peace and stability in the Taiwan Straits. Therefore, we will continue to assist Taiwan in maintaining adequate self-defense capability.”
“We maintain our commitments, as set forth in Three Communications, the Taiwan Relations Act and Six Assurance,” she said.
Saki doubled down on US support for Taiwan, noting that its commitment to the island was “rock solid” and “contributes to the maintenance of peace and stability within the Taiwan Strait and the region.”
The United States has had a long relationship with Taiwan and has provided it with military and other forms of aid since 1949 when the Nationalist government of the Republic of China moved there after the Chinese Civil War. While the United States and Taiwan enjoy a close informal relationship, it has yet to make official relations with the island, due to its many agreements with Beijing.
“We are clear, privately and publicly, about our concern about the pressure and coercion of the PRC towards Taiwan, and we will continue to watch the situation very closely,” Saki said.
The White House remarks came after Beijing sent 56 fighter jets, including 34 J-16 fighters and 12 H-6 bombers, into Taiwan’s air defense sector on Monday, according to Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense.
An additional four Chinese J-16s appeared in the southwestern part of Taiwan’s “air defense detection zone” – the buffer area outside the island’s airspace. Taiwan said it had deployed jets and missiles to warn mainland military aircraft.
Tensions between Taiwan and China have been rising for more than a year as Beijing ramps up both its military and diplomatic pressure in an effort to intimidate the self-ruled island, which it sees as its territory. should be taken under control.
According to Taiwanese officials, the regime’s air force has carried out more than 500 military incursions in nine months this year, up from 380 in 2020.
The latest “provocative” demonstrations began on October 1, marking the 72nd anniversary of the regime’s founding. Since then, 149 Chinese warplanes have flown in the area and this includes both day and night incursions with fighter jets, bombers and anti-submarine aircraft.
The Australian government also weighed in on Chinese incursions on Monday, declaring that it wants “an Indo-Pacific region that is secure, prosperous and based on the rule of law”.
“Australia is concerned by China’s increasing air infiltration into Taiwan’s air defense sector over the past week,” an Australian foreign affairs spokesman told The Guardian.
“The resolution of differences on Taiwan and other regional issues must be achieved through dialogue and peacefully without any threat or force or coercion,” the spokesman said.
Facing mounting criticism, Beijing on Monday accused Washington of being “irresponsible” with its public comments and warned that sailing Taiwan and US warships through the Taiwan Strait could damage bilateral ties. will affect.
Eva Fu contributed to this report.
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