U.S. urges Beijing to stop pressuring Taiwan

04/13/2021 11:12 AM
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A Chinese H-6K fighter bomber. Photo courtesy of the Ministry of National Defense
A Chinese H-6K fighter bomber. Photo courtesy of the Ministry of National Defense

Washington, April 12 (CNA) The United States has urged Beijing to stop its multifaceted pressure campaign against Taiwan after the People's Republic of China (PRC) sent 25 military jets into Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Monday.

"The United States notes with concern the pattern of ongoing PRC attempts to intimidate the region, including Taiwan," a State Department spokesperson said in an email response on the issue Monday U.S. time.

"We urge Beijing to cease its military, diplomatic, and economic pressure against Taiwan and instead engage in meaningful dialogue with Taiwan," the spokesperson said.

The 25 Chinese military aircraft flew into the southwest part of Taiwan's ADIZ (over the northern part of the South China Sea) a day after U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken expressed concern about China's aggressive actions toward Taiwan.

It was the 10th straight day that the PRC flew a mission into Taiwan's ADIZ, and the number of aircraft was the highest in a single day since Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense began to publish the movements of Chinese aircraft on its website on Sept. 17, 2020.

The previous high of 20 PLA planes entering the ADIZ was on March 26 after Taipei and Washington signed an accord to strengthen maritime cooperation.

On Sunday, Blinken said in an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press" that the United States is concerned about increasingly aggressive actions by the government in Beijing directed at Taiwan, raising tensions in the Taiwan Strait.

Blinken said Washington has a longstanding bipartisan commitment to Taiwan under the Taiwan Relations Act to ensure that Taiwan "has the ability to defend itself" and make sure the U.S. is sustaining peace and security in the Western Pacific.

"It would be a serious mistake for anyone to try to change that status quo by force," Blinken warned.

(By Stacy Hsu and Evelyn Kao)

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