After Beijing’s most recent air power muscle flexing near the self-governing island of Taiwan, the US State Department underlined on Sunday the US concerns about the destabilizing military provocations by China, The Hill reports.
State Department spokesperson Ned Price pointed that Washington has already urged Beijing to cease its military, diplomatic, and economic pressure and coercion against Taiwan that undermines regional peace and stability.
Price underscored abiding interest of the US in peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and its dedication to its commitments as outlined in the Three Communiqués, the Taiwan Relations Act, and the Six Assurances.
In its largest military provocation seen yet, China flew on Friday 38 military aircraft into Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone Beijing claims as its own and repeated the move on Saturday, when it sent 30 warplanes.
Taiwan’s Defense Ministry confirmed later that 39 Chinese aircraft entered Taiwan’s air defense identification zone in two sorties- one during the day and one at night- prompting strong rebuke form the Taiwan Premier Su Tseng-chang, who stressed that Beijing is damaging the regional peace engaging in military aggression and that has always conducted brutal and barbarian actions to jeopardize it.
China is continuously flying military aircrafts into Taiwanese airspace since the beginning of the year as part of its efforts to strengthen its territorial claim over the island that split from the mainland in 1949 during a civil war in which Nationalists set up a government on Taiwan.
G-7 countries called this summer for the “status quo” in the region to be preserved.