(Trends Wide) — US Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged China “firmly” on Wednesday to cease its military activity around Taiwan, as the island reported record incursions into its airspace by Chinese warplanes. this week.
“We are very concerned about the provocative military activity by the People’s Republic of China near Taiwan,” Blinken told reporters at a press conference in Paris when asked about the Chinese activity.
“As we have said, the activity is destabilizing. It runs the risk of miscalculation and has the potential to undermine regional peace and stability. We therefore strongly urge Beijing to cease its military, diplomatic and economic pressure and coercion. directed at Taiwan, “he added.
Blinken also reiterated the US commitment to Taiwan, calling it “rock solid” and saying that the alliance “for many years has contributed to the maintenance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and within. the region”.
“And we will continue to stand with friends, with allies, to advance shared prosperity, shared security, shared values, as well as continue to deepen our ties with democratic Taiwan,” Blinken said.