Australian Foreign Secretary Penny Wong has joined her US and Japanese counterparts in thrashing China for firing five missiles into the ocean in Japan’s economic zone, hours after China closed all dialogue with the United States on key issues, including climate change and military relations.
As a sign that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan will reverberate long after she leaves, Beijing announced it was ending all dialogue between high-level military commanders and talks on climate change action. .
It followed China which fired five missiles over Taiwan that landed in the ocean in Japan’s economic zone, drawing Tokyo directly into the dispute.
Taiwan’s Ministry of Defense said on Saturday morning that multiple Chinese ships and planes had been carrying out missions in the Taiwan Strait, with a crossing separating the democratically-ruled island from its superpower neighbor.
The Taiwanese military sent out an alert and deployed patrol troops and air reconnaissance ships to oversee, while coastal missiles were put on standby.
After Wong met US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Japanese Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa in Cambodia, the three issued a joint statement calling on all parties to “avoid the risks of miscalculation”.
“Things are getting much riskier in the South China Sea and Taiwan, and if you don’t have military dialogue, that’s a big deal.”
Richard McGregor, senior fellow of the Lowy Institute
Wong, Blinken and Hayashi said China’s recent actions “seriously affect international peace and stability, including the use of large-scale military exercises.”
They condemned Beijing’s “launch of ballistic missiles, five of which, according to the Japanese government, have landed in exclusive economic zones, raising tensions and destabilizing the region” and urged Beijing to “immediately stop the military exercises.” over the Taiwan Strait.