The United States has urged China to halt “provocative” flights over Taiwanese airspace.
China was accused of “provocative” military activity by the US on Sunday after it flew dozens of military planes near Taiwanese airspace.
After over 80 Chinese aircraft flew through the country’s air defense identification zone, or ADIZ, in the previous two days, the Taiwan Defense Ministry announced on Sunday that 16 Chinese aircraft had entered the territory.
In a statement, State Department spokesman Ned Price said, “The United States is deeply concerned about the People’s Republic of China’s provocative military activity near Taiwan, which is disruptive, risks miscalculations, and undermines regional peace and stability.” “We call on Beijing to stop using military, diplomatic, and economic pressure to coerce Taiwan.”
Taiwan stated 39 Chinese aircraft entered the ADIZ on Saturday, 20 during the day and 19 at night, while 25 Chinese army planes reached the southwestern region of the air defense identification zone on Friday, followed by 13 Chinese aircraft passing by the same area at night.
Since the civil war in the 1940s, when China and Taiwan were divided, Taiwan has considered itself as a sovereign state, while Beijing sees it as a breakaway province, and Taiwan has regularly protested about Chinese encroachment on the ADIZ in the past year.
On Sunday, Price stated that the US has a “abiding interest in peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait” and that the US will uphold its pledges under the Three Communiques, the Taiwan Relations Act, and the Six Assurances.
“The United States’ commitment to Taiwan is unwavering, and it helps to maintain peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and throughout the region,” Price added. “We will stand with friends and allies to achieve our common prosperity, security, and values while also strengthening our ties with democratic Taiwan.”
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