Tokyo-Discussing mentioning the Taiwan Strait in a joint statement issued after the G7 summit this week, as the United States and Japan seek a united front to counter Chinese pressure on the island.
Dealing with China-related issues-not only Taiwan, but also Hong Kong and suspected infringements in Xinjiang-will occupy an important place in the three-day event in the UK starting on Friday. This is the first face-to-face meeting. Meeting the leaders of the seven major economies since August 2019.
Washington and Tokyo hope to persuade other members to follow the communiqué of the May G7 foreign ministers’ meeting, which stated that members “emphasize the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and encourage the peaceful settlement of cross-strait issues”.
Doing so will mark the first time that the strait is explicitly mentioned in the G7 summit statement. The document is also expected to express “concerns” about the violation of human rights by the Uyghur Muslim minority in China and the suppression of democratic activities in Hong Kong.
The purpose is to confirm the participants’ basic position on Beijing-including leaders of countries outside the G7, such as Australia and South Korea, Invited to participate As a guest country-and ensure seamless cooperation.
Taiwan is expected to participate in conferences dedicated to discussing a series of issues surrounding China, including security and economic issues, pandemics and climate change.
US President Joe Biden seeks to cooperate with allies to deter China’s maritime invasion and human rights violations. The joint statement after the recent bilateral summits with Japan and South Korea clearly mentioned the Taiwan Strait. Washington hopes that the G7 will follow suit to show that the major economies are aligned on this issue.
It will be particularly important to involve Europe. European countries are generally more restrained than the United States when criticizing China, giving priority to economic ties with one of the world’s largest economies, but because of the geographic distance between them, they do not regard it as a security threat.
But the region’s vigilance towards Beijing is increasing, not only because of the problems in Hong Kong and Xinjiang, but also because of concerns that China will deal with the COVID-19 epidemic as soon as possible.
Countries including the United Kingdom and Germany are Dispatch warships This year, he will travel to East Asia and conduct joint exercises with the Japanese Self-Defense Force to prevent any provocative actions by Beijing.
Given that Taiwan is the world’s largest semiconductor producer-an important strategic resource, the situation in Taiwan has also become an economic security issue. The conflict in the region will plunge the global supply chain into chaos, and European countries are eager to avoid this risk from affecting their industrial policies.
Political factors may increase the risk of conflict.
China regards Taiwan as part of its territory and Taiwan as its “core interest” and is unwilling to make concessions. Many people in the Chinese Communist Party are pushing for reunification as soon as possible. There are concerns within the Group of Seven that the party’s once-in-decade convention in 2022 may fan the flames.