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EU urges Beijing to avoid unilateral actions on Taiwan

ROC Central News Agency

04/14/2021 05:29 PM

Brussels, April 13 (CNA) The European Union (EU) has expressed concern over the recent rise in Chinese military activity in areas near Taiwan and called on China to avoid unilateral actions that could fuel tensions across the Taiwan Strait.

"We are concerned by the intensification of military activities of the People's Liberation Army in the Taiwan Strait and the incursions into Taiwan's Air Defence Identification Zone," an EU spokesperson said in an email response to CNA on the issue.

"Maintaining the status quo is important for peace and stability in the Strait and in the region. It is key to exert restraint and avoid any unilateral actions that may further escalate cross-strait tensions. Tensions should be resolved through dialogue."

On Monday, China sent 25 military jets into the southwestern part of Taiwan's ADIZ, the most in a single day since Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense began in September 2020 to publicly register the movements of Chinese aircraft on its website.

A day later, five PLA planes entered the ADIZ for an 11th consecutive day.

The EU statement echoed concerns voiced by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday over increasingly aggressive actions by the government in Beijing directed at Taiwan.

The United States has also urged Beijing to cease its military, diplomatic, and economic pressure against Taiwan and instead engage in meaningful dialogue with Taiwan, a State Department spokesperson said in an email response on the issue Monday (U.S. time).

(By Tang Pei-chun and Evelyn Kao)

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