White House spokesman John Kirby (REUTERS/Jim Bourg)
The United States sees the Chinese maneuvers around Taiwan as a “significant escalation” of tension in the area and decided to leave the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier near the island to monitor the situation, John Kirby, one of the spokesmen, announced Thursday. from the White House.
“Beijing’s provocative actions are a significant escalation in the actions that the Chinese government has long taken to change the the state in whichKirby said.
As explained by the US official, the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier and other ships that are part of its combat group plan to carry out air and sea operations in the Taiwan Strait in the coming weeks.
An F/A-18 Super Hornet lands on the USS Ronald Reagan (REUTERS/Bobby Yip)
However, in order not to increase tensions, the Joe Biden government has decided to postpone routine tests with intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) scheduled for this week, although they will be carried out within a “short period of time”. Kirby detailed.
According to the spokesman, Biden made that decision because the “temperature is very high” with China and he wants to demonstrate with “actions what they say in words”, that is, that he has no intention of provoking tensions with Beijing and that his policy of almost half century towards Taiwan has not changed.
Kirby also considered that Beijing used Pelosi’s visit to “overreact” and increase tension with actions that he believes will continue in the coming days and weeks.
Chinese nuclear-powered submarine with ballistic missiles (via Reuters/File)
Earlier, the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, stated that he hopes that China “does not manufacture a crisis” as a result of the visit of the president of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, to Taiwan.
“I hope Beijing does not fabricate a crisis or find a pretext to increase its aggressive military activity,” said the head of US diplomacy in Phnom Penh at the beginning of his meeting with representatives of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
Blinken stressed that Washington remains interested in “maintaining peace and stability” in the Taiwan Strait and warned that an escalation “does not benefit anyone, including ASEAN members and including China.”
“I want to underline that nothing has changed in our position,” said Blinken, who also warned that an escalation of tension “can have unintended consequences that are of no interest to anyone.”
The US secretary of state made these statements during the meeting of ASEAN foreign ministers that is being held in the Cambodian capital until Friday and in which the Chinese foreign minister, Wang Yi, among others, also participates.
Tension between China and the US increased after Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan (Taiwan Presidential Office/Handout via REUTERS)
The Chinese Army today began its military exercises with live fire around Taiwan, which have caused “a sea and air blockade” of the island, according to the Taiwanese Ministry of Defense.
The maneuvers, which start a day after Pelosi’s visit to Taipei, include the closure of maritime and air space in six areas around the island and have affected 18 international air routes and more than 900 flights have been forced to modify your route.
Taiwan is one of the main sources of conflict between China and the United States, mainly because Washington is the main supplier of weapons to the island and would be its greatest military ally in the event of a war with the Asian giant.
China insists on “reunifying” the People’s Republic with the island, which has been governed autonomously since the nationalists of the Kuomintang (KMT) withdrew there in 1949 after losing the civil war against the communists and continued with the regime of the Republic of China, culminating in the transition to democracy in the 1990s.
(With information from EFE)
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