EU Expresses Concern Over China’s Military Exercises Around Taiwan

In the midst of the Chinese army’s first drills near Taiwan, the European External Action Service (EEAS) has expressed the EU’s interest in maintaining the status quo in the Taiwan Strait and has urged moderation from all sides.

« Regional and international security and prosperity are strategically dependent on peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. The status quo in the Taiwan Strait is directly in the interest of the European Union, » the EEAS stated on Thursday. « We reject any unilateral action that modifies the status quo through coercion or force. »

The resolution of tensions through conversation should be the priority, and the text stressed that « all parties should exercise restraint and avoid any action that could lead to further escalation of tensions ».

The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China started a military drill around Taiwan on Thursday, according to the Chinese Defense Ministry.

In response to these PLA drills around the island, the Taiwanese military is reportedly stepping up security measures, the Associated Press writes.

source: apnews.com

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