The Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ foreign ministers called for “maximum restraint” as Beijing accused the United States of breaking the status quo with the Taiwan visit of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
PHNOM PENH – The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is calling for calm in the Taiwan Strait, urging against any “provocative action” in the wake of a visit to Taipei by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that has infuriated Beijing.
In a rare statement on such issues from the 10-nation group, some of whose members drift more toward China in allegiance and some toward the United States, ASEAN foreign ministers meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia said on Thursday, Aug. 4, that they were concerned the situation could “destabilize the region and eventually could lead to miscalculation, serious confrontation, open conflicts and unpredictable consequences among major powers.”
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China, US tension clouds ASEAN meetings
Smoke trails from projectiles launched by the Chinese military are seen in the sky as tourists look on from Pingtan Island, one of mainland China’s closest points to Taiwan, in Fujian province on Aug. 4.(AFP/Hector Retamal) Share this article Whatsapp Facebook Twitter Linkedin Yvette Tanamal (The Jakarta Post) PREMIUM Phnom Penh ● Fri, August 5, 2022
Tension between Washington and Beijing continued to rise on Thursday ahead of the security-focused ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) meeting, prompting the 10-nation Southeast Asian bloc to issue a warning against further escalations that could disrupt the stability of the wider Indo-Pacific zone.
A surprise visit to Taiwan by a senior United States official earlier this week has enraged China and overshadowed regional meetings convened in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, where ASEAN is hopeful that the superpower rivalry will not add to the geopolitical turmoil created by the war in Ukraine.
Released on Thursday, the ASEAN foreign ministers’ statement on the cross-strait development noted that recent developments are taking place “in the area adjacent with the ASEAN region”, prompting the ministers to call for “maximum restraint” from the enactment of any “provocative actions”.
Yvette Tanamal (The Jakarta Post)
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