US warns China over ‘significant escalation’: Blinken urges CCP to back down
The U.S. government claimed on August 5 that China’s military drills in close proximity to Taiwan represent a “significant escalation” and called for Beijing to back down.
According to The Associated Press, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken made the remarks on the sidelines of a meeting with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations held in Cambodia.
China conducted the military exercises after U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi left Taiwan following a brief visit to the self-governed island.
The Chinese People’s Liberation Army fired multiple missiles toward waters near northeastern and southwestern Taiwan during their exercises on Thursday, but some fell into Japan’s exclusive economic zone.
Blinken said that Pelosi’s visit was peaceful and did not represent a change in American policy toward Taiwan.
He also accused China of using a U.S. lawmaker’s visit as a pretext to ramp up provocative military activity in and around the Taiwan Strait.
According to the U.S. top diplomat, the situation led to vigorous communication at the East Asia Summit in Cambodia, in which Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi also took part.
Blinken said that the Chinese regime should not use Pelosi’s visit as a pretext for war, escalation, and provocative actions.
He added: “There is no possible justification for what they’ve done and urge them to cease these actions.”
On August 4, the Group of Seven nations released a statement saying there was no justification for China’s military drills.
China then canceled a foreign ministers’ meeting with Japan to protest the move. It accused Japan and other G-7 members of making irresponsible statements.
Earlier, China summoned Nicholas Burns—U.S. Ambassador to China, to express its protest against Pelosi’s Taiwan trip. However, the U.S. government argued that it does not have authority over its Congress.