Asia this week is the scene of rising tensions between China and the European Uniontravel to hike Taiwan Congress President, Nancy Pelosicand answer BeijingWho has stirred the waters in a continent that sees with fear the emergence of old and new sources of conflict.
This Thursday’s congregation of senior US officials in Asia with Pelosi South Korea, US Secretary of State, Antony Blinkpresent at the meeting of ASEAN in Cambodia, And his “number two”, Wendy ShermanThe pulse shows in full swing in an area between Beijing and Washington, beginning a tour of the South Pacific.
siege of taiwan
Of all the stresses, military maneuvers China started this thursday Taiwan Those in response to Pelosi’s visit are those that take the region’s breath away the most, given the possibility that a miscalculation or accident could lead to a real conflict between Beijing and Taipei, which Washington would in principle defend. .
Popular Liberation Army (ELP) exercises China What began today, and will last until Sunday, is the equivalent of a “sea and air blockade” of Taiwan, a self-governing and democratic island that Beijing considers part of its territory and does not rule out invasion, according to the island’s ministry. Defense accordingly.
The live-fire maneuver has led to the closure of sea and airspace in six areas around the island, including the theoretical territorial waters of Taiwan, which has assured that, not wanting an “augmentation” of the situation, “it will not will back down” when it comes to its “security and sovereignty”.
alert in ASEAN
position of the strait Formosa has attracted the attention of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) foreign ministers meeting, which will take place this Thursday and Friday in Phnom Penh (cambodia), a group that tries to maintain equality between China and the United Statesboth major partners.
Foreign ministers of Southeast Asia warned today that tensions between China and about me Taiwan They could lead to “open conflicts between great powers and unpredictable results”, which he called “avoidance of provocative actions”.
The Secretary of State also attends the meeting. EU Antony Blinken, high representative of ui for foreign affairs, Josep Borrell, who confirmed today that there is “no justification” for military exercises China, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi; and the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov,
North Korea’s denuclearization
After his visit to Taiwan, the President of US Congress, Nancy Pelosiccontinued touring this thursday sol (South Korea), reaffirming its country’s commitment from there North KoreaNegotiations on the impasse since 2019.
Pelosi, who had already been criticized by the regime phiongyang for their “interference” in coming TaiwanToday is planning to visit the village of Panmunjom, on the border with North Korea, where the Joint Security Area (JSA), the most militarized area on the peninsula, is located.
82-year-old Democrat, first spokesperson for US Congress who visited the Asian country since 2002, would become the highest-ranking US public official to visit the region, patrolled by sol and command HimSince the visit of the former President Donald Trump in 2019.
More trips to the South Pacific
The islands of the South Pacific, with which China seeks to sign an unprecedented agreement on security and economic cooperation, are the latest focus of a conflict between Washington and Beijing to increase their influence in the region, their main theater of operations. Is .
Thus, the Under Secretary of State The European Union, Wendy Shermanstarting this thursday Samoa, Tonga and Solomon Islandswhich ends up in Australia and New Zealand, in an effort to show renewed interest in The European Union in an isolated part of the world had fallen into oblivion until the last movements of Joe Beijing,
Solomons is one of the most controversial sites because China has recently signed a security agreement with this country that America, Australia and New ZealandIts traditional allies fear that its purpose Beijing open a military base there, which Beijing Deny.