The US said on Thursday that China’s launch of 11 ballistic missiles around Taiwan was an overreaction to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the island.
However, White House spokesman John Kirby said a U.S. carrier task force sailing east of Taiwan would remain in the region to monitor the situation after China conducted a warfare exercise. rice field.
“China overreacted and chose to use the chairman’s visit as an excuse to increase its provocative military activity in and around the Taiwan Strait,” Kirby said at a news conference.
Kirby said China’s actions were part of a “manufactured crisis”, but also said Beijing was trying to shift the balance of power in the region.
“It’s also an excuse to try to raise the stakes … and actually set a new status quo and try to reach a new normal where they think things can be maintained,” Kirby said. .
“And what I wanted to say here today was to make clear that we are not going to accept the new status quo.
Tensions “can be lowered very easily by simply forcing China to stop these highly aggressive military exercises and missile flights around the Taiwan Strait,” he said.
Kirby confirmed reports that the Pentagon had postponed a planned test-launch of a nuclear-tipped ballistic missile to avoid escalating tensions.
“I don’t think it’s in our interests, Taiwan’s interests, or the region’s interests to further escalate tensions,” Kirby said.
“As China engages in destabilizing military exercises around Taiwan, the United States is instead demonstrating its behavior as a responsible nuclear power by reducing the risk of miscalculation.”
But he said the U.S. Navy’s USS Ronald Reagan Carrier Task Force will remain in the area.
Reagan was about 1,000 kilometers due east of Taiwan on Wednesday, according to the South China Sea Exploration Initiative, a research group backed by the Chinese military.
Kirby said the carrier group had been ordered by the Department of Defense to “remain at bases in the general area to monitor the situation.”
“We cannot dissuade them from operating in the seas and air of the Western Pacific in compliance with international law, as they have done for decades to support Taiwan and defend a free and open Indo-Pacific. No,” he added.
China missile launch over Taiwan overreaction to Nancy Pelosi visit, US says
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