Foreign ministers from G7 countries issued a joint statement on Wednesday condemning China’s live-fire exercises encircling Taiwan. That statement came following US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, which concluded on Wednesday.
Immediately after Pelosi’s visit, China announced a series of live-fire naval drills in waters surrounding Taiwan and encroaching on the country’s territorial waters. The country has also banned imports of a number of food products from Taiwan. These are largely seen as retaliatory measures.
The Group of Seven (G7) is an international forum consisting of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States, with the European Union being its ‘non-enumerated member.’
The group’s foreign ministers say that G7 is concerned with China’s “threatening actions” against Taiwan, particularly the live-fire drills and economic coercion. They say it’s normal and routine for legislators to travel internationally and there is “no justification to use a visit as pretext for aggressive military activity.”
The statement says China should not “unilaterally change the status quo by force in the region,” and should “resolve cross-Strait differences by peaceful means.”