China’s live-fire exercises off the coast of Taiwan have been an “unnecessary escalation”, according to Canada’s defense minister.
Anita Anand comments on CBC Radio House And the remarks come a day after Beijing announced it was ending all contact with the United States on key issues, including climate cooperation, later this week.
“We are concerned by the threat of action by China,” Anand said in a feature interview.
“There is no justification for using a visit as an excuse for aggressive military activity in the Taiwan Straits.”
He said Beijing’s response to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan went beyond simple retaliation.
“It is routine for legislators from our countries to travel internationally, and China’s escalating response risks escalating tensions and destabilizing the region,” Anand said.
“We call on China not to unilaterally change the status quo in the region by force and to resolve cross-strait differences by peaceful means.”
It doesn’t look like it will happen anytime soon.
In the past few days, China sent more than 100 warplanes and 10 warships as a show of force from Taiwan, which Beijing claims as part of its territory.
The country’s Strategic Rocket Forces also threw ballistic missiles over the island and into the Pacific Ocean as a further display of outrage.
Officials in Beijing said on Friday they also plan to personally approve Pelosi.
Jonathan Berkshire Miller, an Asia-Pacific expert at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute in Ottawa, said he believes China’s response has been over-the-top, but the message is as much to the domestic audience as it is to the international community. Is.
The country’s Communist Party will hold a major congress this fall and President Xi Jinping cannot afford to look weak on Taiwan – an idea he says may have already been on the minds of senior US officials.
“I think the United States was…reading tea leaves beforehand,” Miller said. cautioning against it.”
Still, Miller said, this is not the first time the US House speaker has visited the island, and that Beijing may be looking for excuses to change the status quo in the region.
Beyond Taiwan, five missiles fired by China landed in Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone from Hateruma, an island south of Japan’s main islands.
It was a message to all American allies in the region, Miller said.
China summons Canadian diplomat to Beijing
China’s foreign ministry this week summoned Canada’s top diplomat in Beijing – Charge d’Affaires Jim Nickel – for dressing down after G7 foreign ministers condemned China’s actions.
Speaking on Friday, China’s deputy foreign minister urged Canada to “immediately correct its mistakes”.
Canada’s foreign affairs minister, Melanie Jolie, would not say whether Ottawa had called on China’s ambassador to respond on behalf of Beijing.
Anand said that the government is fully engaged in the grave crisis.
Anand said, ‘Our eyes are open on China. “We will continue to work towards the safety and security of that area.”
Canada has two warships – HMCS Winnipeg and HMCS Vancouver – operating with allies in the Pacific. The two warships are headed to Asia in a pre-planned deployment following their participation in a massive US-led military exercise near Hawaii.
China’s insistence that Taiwan is its territory and its threat to use force to reclaim the island has been repeatedly denied by the ruling Communist Party. But over the years the statements have become more stringent.
Taiwan broke away from the mainland in 1949, at the end of the country’s civil war.
Taiwan’s residents overwhelmingly support the status quo of de facto independence and reject China’s demands for reunification.