By Caribbean News Global
TAIPEI, Taiwan – On August 4, China launched multiple ballistic missiles into waters to the northeast and southwest of Taiwan, threatening Taiwan’s national security, escalating regional tensions, and affecting regular international traffic and trade, reported the department of North American affairs.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (Taiwan) strongly condemns the Chinese government for following the example of North Korea in willfully test-firing missiles into waters near other countries and demands that China exercise self-restraint.
In a press release, “MOFA urges the international community to condemn China’s military coercion towards Taiwan. The ministry also calls on countries around the globe to continue to speak up in support of democratic Taiwan in order to jointly safeguard the values of freedom and democracy, to maintain the rules-based international order, and to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific.”
China’s military actions in Taiwan’s waters follow, the visit to Taiwan of a delegation led by speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi came to a successful close on August 3, 2022. The delegation departed the same afternoon on a US government plane.
On behalf of the government of the Republic of China (Taiwan), minister of foreign affairs Jaushieh Joseph Wu bid farewell to the delegation at the airport.
President Tsai Ing-wen met with speaker Pelosi and the delegation and conferred the Order of Propitious Clouds with Special Grand Cordon on her, as well as hosting a luncheon in honor of speaker Pelosi and the delegation.
“During her meeting with President Tsai, as well as at other events, Speaker Pelosi reiterated that the most important message of the trip was that the United States stands firmly with Taiwan and that Taiwan has the bicameral and bipartisan support of the US Congress. Speaker Pelosi also emphasized that the Taiwan Relations Act, enacted 43 years ago, is a US commitment to Taiwan and a cornerstone of Taiwan-US relations. Building on this foundation, both sides will continue to deepen cooperation in numerous domains, including security, the economy, and good governance. Speaker Pelosi also commended Taiwan for its effective response to the COVID-19 pandemic and hailed Taiwan as a successful model of free and democratic countries worldwide,” MOFA continued.
At a time when regional and global developments are changing rapidly, the ministry of foreign affairs sincerely thanks Speaker Pelosi for leading a number of prominent members of Congress to Taiwan for an official visit, demonstrating strong US support of Taiwan through concrete action.
“Taiwan and the United States enjoy close and friendly relations. Taiwan will continue to work side by side with the US administration and friends in Congress to further deepen our close partnership in such areas as security, the economy, and trade. Taiwan, together with the United States and other like-minded nations, will also continue seeking to ensure security across the Taiwan Strait, as well as the peace and stability of a free and open Indo-Pacific region, noted MOFA in a press release.