G7 foreign ministers emphasise importance of peace in Taiwan Strait

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20th April 2024 – (Capri) The foreign ministers of the Group of Seven (G7) nations underscored the critical need for peace in the Taiwan Strait during a joint statement released on Friday, 19th. The ministers highlighted the significance of regional tranquillity, describing it as “indispensable to security and prosperity for the entire international community,” and advocated for a peaceful resolution to tensions between Taiwan and mainland China.

The G7 also reiterated their backing for Taiwan’s participation in global health forums, including the World Health Assembly and technical meetings of the World Health Organization. This support comes amidst ongoing concerns over Taiwan’s exclusion from international organizations, where its input is seen as vital for global health and safety discussions.

Simultaneously, the statement addressed broader regional concerns, expressing apprehension over human rights abuses in Xinjiang and Tibet, as well as the erosion of pluralism in Hong Kong. The ministers urged China to cease activities that threaten democratic institutions and community security across these regions.

This firm stance from the G7 follows a series of diplomatic engagements, including a notable meeting between U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Kritenbrink and Deputy Director Qiu Kaiming of China’s Taiwan Affairs Office in Beijing on 15th April. During the discussions, Kritenbrink affirmed the U.S. commitment to its ‘one China’ policy, whilst also stressing the importance of maintaining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.