On August 3, G7 Foreign Ministers issued a joint statement reiterating their commitment to peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and a rules-based international order.
The statement comes after the event:
At 10:44 pm on Tuesday, August 2, the U.S. Air Force Boeing C-40C brought Pelosi and the U.S. congressional delegation to Taipei Songshan Airport, Taiwan, to make a historical political move that made Beijing angry.
Soon after, at 10:59, Global Times, the Chinese Communist Party’s mouthpiece, released a report that China’s military would begin exercises in six regions around Taiwan from August 4 to August 7.
The statement further added there is no reason for China’s regime to use U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan to increase military activity near the Island.
The ministers argued that it is normal for U.S. congress members to travel abroad. They added that China’s response to Pelosi’s trip risks “increasing tensions and destabilizing the region.”
The ministers said Beijing should not use force to unilaterally change the regional status and suggested that the parties must find a solution for cross-strait issues.
They also noted there are no changes in G7’s positions on Taiwan issues.
The statement called on all parties to “remain calm, exercise restraint, act with transparency, and maintain open lines of communication to prevent misunderstanding.”