The U.S. Department of Defense is using the deployment of long-range bombers to stifle the threat of Chinese Communist Party force in the Taiwan Strait and South China Sea. Photo shows a file photo of a U.S. B1-B bomber. (Courtesy USAF/Getty Images)
Tensions in the Taiwan Strait have been rising recently. In the face of a possible conflict, the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting issued an announcement on May 5 in London, England, condemning the Chinese Communist Party’s human rights violations and bullying of other countries, while stressing the importance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and expressing concern over the Chinese Communist Party’s militarization, coercion and intimidation in the Taiwan Strait.
Officials from Australia, India, South Africa, South Korea and Brunei attended the G7 Foreign Affairs and Development Ministers’ meeting in London, UK, on May 5 as guests.
After the meeting, the G7 issued a joint communiqué, publicly condemning the Chinese Communist Party for committing human rights violations, denouncing the Communist Party’s use of its economic influence to bully other countries, and expressing support for Taiwan’s observer status in the World Health Assembly.
The communiqué said, “We support Taiwan’s meaningful participation in the World Health Organization forums and the World Health Assembly. The international community should be able to benefit from the experiences of all partners, including Taiwan’s successful contribution to the response to the Covidium virus (Covid-19) pandemic,”
The communiqué added, “We stress the importance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and encourage the peaceful resolution of cross-strait issues. We reiterate our strong opposition to any unilateral action that could exacerbate tensions and undermine regional stability and the rules-based international order, and express serious concern over reports of militarization, coercion and intimidation in the region,”
At the same time, the communiqué called on the Chinese Communist Party to fulfill its economic obligations and responsibilities, stressing that all parties will cooperate to address “arbitrary and coercive economic policies and actions.
This is the first time the G7 as a whole has supported Taiwan’s participation in the World Health Assembly.
The statement comes at a time when the Chinese Communist Party is frequently harassing Taiwan with its military aircraft and warships. There are widespread rumors that the Chinese Communist Party is attacking Taiwan by force.
In addition, the G7 supports Taiwan’s participation in the World Health Assembly. Bonnie Glaser, director of the Asia Program at the German Marshall Fund, told Voice of America that it is significant that on such an occasion, the democracies have come together in one voice to emphasize their support for Taiwan’s participation in the World Health Organization.
The move was seen as a public rebuke to the Chinese Communist Party. Since Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen took power, the government in Beijing has been preventing Taiwan’s representatives from attending WHO meetings.
Ge Laiyi said Beijing’s actions to prevent Taiwan from joining the WHO are counterproductive and not in the interest of the broader international community.
A senior U.S. official said Taiwan has “a lot of experience” in fighting the spread of the Chinese Communist virus, which “could help us all, and excluding them seems really botched.