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CPP Releases Statement Expressing Concern Over Escalation of Tensions in Taiwan Strait

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PHNOM PENH: The Cambodian People's Party (CPP) has released a statement following the latest developments in the Taiwan Strait, in light of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taipei amid strict warnings from China against the visit.

The statement outlines three main points. The first point emphasizes that the CPP has always adhered to the one-China policy and considers issues related to Hong Kong, Taiwan, Tibet and Xinjiang as the internal affairs of China, and hence, the sovereign right of the People’s Republic of China to manage on its own.

The second point expresses the CPP’s concern over the recent escalation of tensions in the Taiwan Strait, urging for all parties concerned to abide by the agreements reached between the two sides, as stated in the previous joint communiqués between China and the United States.

The third and final point stresses that the CPP calls on all parties concerned to seek a peaceful solution, maintain the status quo and avoid further provocation, in order for there to be peace, stability, progress and prosperity in the region and across the world.

On Tuesday, 2 August, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi landed in Taiwan, making her the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit the island in 25 years. The following day on Wednesday, 3 August, Speaker Pelosi met Taiwanese President, Tsai Ing-wen, where she stressed that her delegation’s visit to Taiwan was made to show support to the island and “to make unequivocally clear” that the U.S. will not abandon its commitment to Taiwan.

Following the announcement of her arrival in Taipei, the Chinese Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Tuesday night, saying that this visit “is a serious violation of the one-China principle and the provisions of the three China-U.S. joint communiqués.”

Chinese state media also reported that China’s military will hold drills near Taiwan from 4-7 August, and had warplanes flying close to the median line dividing the Taiwan strait on Tuesday before Pelosi’s arrival, in addition to warships skirting close to the median line since Monday.

Other countries in the region have responded with great concern over building tensions, including Japan and South Korea, while North Korea has expressed its full and allied support to China, calling the U.S. visit an “impudent interference.”

Speaker Pelosi departed from Taiwan on Wednesday afternoon.

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