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The United States considers Chinese military operations near Taiwan to be provocative


The military incursions began on the People’s Republic of China’s National Day, just days before Taiwan’s National Day. On Monday, October 4, 2021, the United States described Chinese military activity near Taiwan as provocative.

“We remain concerned by the People’s Republic of China’s provocative military activity near Taiwan, which is destabilizing risk miscalculations and undermines regional peace and stability,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters at her daily news conference.

“We urge Beijing to seize its military, diplomatic, and economic pressure and coercion against Taiwan, and we have an abiding interest in peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait,” she said.

“That’s why we will continue to assist Taiwan in maintaining a sufficient self-defense capability. We maintain our commitments, as outlined in the three communiques, Taiwan Relations Act, and the Six Assurances,” she said.

“We have been clear, privately and publicly, about our concern about the PRC’s pressure and coercion toward Taiwan, and we will continue to watch the situation very closely,” she said.

Senator Marco Rubio said in a separate statement that since October 1, 2021, 145 Chinese warplanes had flown into or near Taiwan’s air defence identification zone. These military invasions began on the People’s Republic of China’s National Day, just days before Taiwan’s National Day.

“The Chinese Communist Party’s aggressive behavior is intended to intimidate Taiwan and send a message to the rest of the free world,” Rubio said.

“If Beijing’s recklessness is not met with international condemnation, Xi Jinping will think he has a green light for further aggression. President Joe Biden must work with our allies to ensure the People’s Republic of China respects the status quo and the sovereign territory of Taiwan and its neighbours,” he said.

The US is concerned about China’s aggressive military action near Taiwan, according to State Department Spokesperson Ned Price.

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