Foreign ministers of 10 countries warn: the maneuvers “could lead to miscalculations”
The strong US-China tension over Taiwan worries Asian countries. As China launches “targeted military maneuvers” around the island, foreign ministers of ASEAN – the association of Southeast Asian Nations, which includes 10 nations – have expressed concern, warning – in a joint statement – that the growing tense situation around Taiwan could trigger “open conflicts”.
Ministers of the Asian Association – which includes Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam – said the situation “could destabilize the region and eventually lead to miscalculations. serious confrontations, open conflicts and unforeseeable consequences between the main powers “.
The warning was launched at the annual ministerial meeting between the EU and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Cambodia, in Phnom Penh. Asean foreign ministers therefore say they are “worried” by Beijing’s announced large-scale military maneuvers around the island. In the joint communiqué they said they were “ready to play a constructive role in facilitating a peaceful dialogue”.