China’s ambassador in the UK was summoned by the Foreign Office to discuss Beijing’s “aggressive, wide-ranging escalation against Taiwan”.
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss stated that she had instructed officials to summon Zheng Zeguang, the ambassador of Taiwan, to explain her country’s recent actions. These include missile launches and incursions in Taiwanese airspace and waters.
This move came as China seemed to end wargames near the island self-governing under high tensions.
Beijing has repeatedly threatened to use force against Taiwan, which it claims to be its territory.
A Chinese statement stated that “We will always respond with force or any other necessary means to interfere by external forces, radical action by separatist element,”
“Our ultimate goal, and only goal, is to secure the prospects for peaceful reunification of China and promote this process.”
China claims that the actions it took around Taiwan, in which its warships, air force planes, and fighter jets entered Taiwanese waters, and into airspace were prompted by Nancy Pelosi, US House Speaker.
Taiwan claims such visits are routine, and China used her trip as a pretext for its threats.
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Ms. Truss stated in a statement that “the UK and its partners have condemned in strongest terms China’s escalation of the region around Taiwan as seen in our recent G7 declaration.
“I directed officials to summon the Chinese ambassador and explain his country’s actions.
“We have witnessed an increase in aggressive behavior and rhetoric from Beijing over the past months, which is threatening peace and stability in this region.
“The United Kingdom encourages China to settle any differences peacefully, without resorting to force or coercion.”
Taiwan, which was annexed by communists in 1949 and made into a province rebel by Beijing, has been self-governing ever since.