The military exercises that China has been holding around Taiwan since yesterday, Thursday, “are disproportionate and destabilizing,” Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong complained today.
“Australia is deeply concerned by China’s launch of ballistic missiles into the waters around the coast of Taiwan,” Wong said in a statement.
“Australia shares the region’s concerns about this escalation of military activity and especially the risk of miscalculation,” he said, adding: “We call for restraint and de-escalation.”
She added that her country “does not wish for any change in the status quo in the Taiwan Strait” and continues, like the United States and the majority of countries, to recognize only one Chinese government, that of Beijing.
The minister is now in Phnom Penh, Vietnam, where she is participating in a summit of Southeast Asian countries.