G7 Emphasizes Taiwan Strait Peace, Supports Taiwan's WHO Participation

G7 ministers emphasize importance of Taiwan Strait stability, support Taiwan's global participation, and oppose China's coercive actions in the South China Sea.

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G7 Emphasizes Taiwan Strait Peace, Supports Taiwan's WHO Participation

G7 Emphasizes Taiwan Strait Peace, Supports Taiwan's WHO Participation

The foreign ministers of the Group of Seven (G7) nations have emphasized the critical importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait for global security and prosperity. In a joint statement, the ministers expressed support for Taiwan's meaningful participation in the World Health Organization (WHO) and other international health forums, while maintaining their respective one-China policies.

The G7 ministers reaffirmed their commitment to the rules-based international order and the importance of maintaining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. They urged for the peaceful resolution of cross-Strait differences and the avoidance of unilateral actions that could escalate tensions. The ministers also reiterated their unwavering support for Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression.

The statement comes amid increasing military pressure from China on Taiwan, which the democratically governed island has faced. China claims Taiwan as its own territory and has conducted joint combat readiness patrols with warships and warplanes around the island. Chinese military aircraft have recently crossed the sensitive median line of the Taiwan Strait, which China does not recognize.

Why this matters: The G7's stance underscores the international community's concern over the situation in the Taiwan Strait and their support for Taiwan's participation in global affairs. It also highlights the potential impact of cross-Strait tensions on global security and prosperity.

Taiwan's government expressed gratitude for the G7's reaffirmation of the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. The island's defense ministry stated that it will discuss with the United States how to use funding included in a $95 billion U.S. legislative package, which mostly provides security assistance to Ukraine and Israel. The U.S. is Taiwan's most important international supporter and arms supplier, despite the absence of formal diplomatic ties.

The G7 foreign ministers also expressed strong opposition to China's continued militarization, coercive activities, and dangerous maneuvers in the South China Sea. They denounced Beijing's expansive maritime claims, which have no legal basis, and its obstruction of countries' freedom of navigation. The ministers reaffirmed the 2016 arbitral ruling that invalidated China's sweeping claims in the South China Sea.

The release of the G7 communiqué comes as demands increase for broader international support for countries facing China's increasing aggressiveness in the region. The ministers' remarks underscore the international community's commitment to maintaining the status quo in the Taiwan Strait and supporting Taiwan's engagement in global affairs while adhering to the one-China principle.

Key Takeaways

  • G7 ministers emphasize importance of peace in Taiwan Strait for global security.
  • G7 supports Taiwan's meaningful participation in WHO and other health forums.
  • G7 urges peaceful resolution of cross-Strait differences, opposes unilateral actions.
  • G7 reaffirms commitment to rules-based international order, opposes China's actions in South China Sea.
  • Taiwan to discuss U.S. funding for security assistance with the United States.