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Australia calls for cooling of Taiwan Strait tensions

Canberra: Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong on Monday called for a cooling of tensions after...

👤 Srimathi Sridharan9 Aug 2022 3:05 PM GMT
Australia calls for cooling of Taiwan Strait tensions
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Canberra: Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong on Monday called for a cooling of tensions after Beijing accused her of "finger-pointing" in her criticism of China's military exercises in response to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan.

Wong criticized China's launch of ballistic missiles during the ongoing air and sea drills around Taiwan, which Beijing claims as part of its territory. She also signed a joint statement with the United States and Japan on Saturday that condemned firing of missiles into Japanese exclusive economic zones and accused China of "raising tension and destabilizing the region."

The Chinese Embassy in Australia replied to the trilateral statement, saying: "It is absolutely unacceptable for the finger-pointing on China's justified actions to safeguard state sovereignty and territorial integrity."