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In light of escalating US-China tensions regarding Taiwan, PH urges restraint.
As tensions over Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s contentious travel to Taiwan rise between the US and China, the Philippine government on Thursday urged restraint.
The “growing tensions” in the Taiwan Strait, which is located immediately to the north of the nation, have Manila concerned, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).
It reaffirmed in a statement that it adheres to the One-China policy and acknowledges that there is only one Chinese government, the People’s Republic of China.
“The One-China policy is followed in the Philippines. All parties are urged to exercise restraint by the Philippines. The need for conversation and diplomacy, “It read.
Beijing was incensed by Pelosi’s unexpected visit to Taiwan on August 2, branding it a “provocation and infringement of China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
The Chinese People’s Liberation Army declared military drills in the Taiwan Strait immediately after she touched down in Taipei.
After promising “ironclad support for Taiwan’s democracy, including matters of security and stability, economic growth, and governance,” the US official left the island on August 3.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) also encouraged “maximum restraint” and compelled all parties to maintain the ideals outlined in the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia as well as the United Nations Charter.
It issued a warning that recent events could destabilize the area and eventually put “great powers at the risk of miscalculation, significant confrontation, open confrontations, and unforeseen outcomes.”
“We should act jointly, and ASEAN stands ready to play a constructive role in supporting peaceful engagement between all parties,” it said in a statement dated August 3. “This includes using ASEAN-led channels to de-escalate tension, to defend peace, security, and development in our region.”