G7, EU Foreign Ministers concern about Beijing’s Threat to Taiwan    

The foreign ministers of the United States and other G7 countries and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy jointly issued a statement urging China not to unilaterally change the regional status quo by force, but to resolve cross-strait differences through peaceful means.

The foreign ministers of the United States and other G7 countries and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy jointly issued a statement urging China not to unilaterally change the regional status quo by force, but to resolve cross-strait differences through peaceful means.

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen tweeted thanks to the G7 and the EU for their statement.

The spokesman of the Chinese mission to the European Union was furious and tore off the veil of diplomats and lashed out at the Group of Seven and the European Union.

A poston the website of the Chinese Mission to the European Union said that the statements of the Group of Seven and the FOREIGN ministers of the European Union showed that they were “living specimens of all evils and shamelessness in reality” and accused them of “committing many evils” and causing world turmoil.

China’s foreign ministry said Thursday that it cancelled the scheduled meeting between the Chinese and Japanese foreign ministers during the ASEAN enlargement meeting, expressing dissatisfaction with the G7 foreign ministers’ statement on Taiwan. Japan is a member of the Group of Seven.

In a statement, the foreign ministers of the Group of Seven, made up of the world’s major democratized and industrialized countries, expressed concern about China’s “threatening actions.” “There is no reason to conduct aggressive military activities in the Taiwan Strait under the pretext of a visit,” the statement said.

The statement said that the “one-China” policy and positions of various countries on the Taiwan issue have not changed. They reaffirmed their joint commitment to upholding the rules-based international order and peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.

“We, in the Group of Seven, (G7), the Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States, as well as the High Representative of the European Union — reaffirm our shared commitment to maintaining a rules-based international order, peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and beyond.

“We are concerned about the recently announced threatening actions of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), in particular live-fire exercises and economic coercion, which risk unnecessary escalation of the situation. There is no reason to use a visit as a pretext for aggressive military activities in the Taiwan Strait. International travel by parliamentarians in our country is normal and routine. The PRC’s escalating response runs the risk of escalating tensions and destabilizing the region.

“We urge the PRC not to unilaterally change the status quo in the region by force, but to resolve the differences between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait in a peaceful manner. The one-China policy of the respective members of the Group of Seven has not changed when applied, nor has its basic position on Taiwan.

“We reaffirm our common and firm commitment to maintaining peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and call on all parties to be calm, exercise restraint, act in a transparent manner and maintain unimpeded channels of communication to prevent misunderstandings” ###.

—-VOA report