Statement of the G7 Foreign Ministers on Maintaining Peace and Stability in the Taiwan Strait (03.08.22)

We, the Foreign Ministers of Germany, Canada, the United States of America, France, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom, and the High Representative of the European Union, reaffirm our common resolve to maintain the international order based on law, peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and the rest of the world.

We are concerned about recent threatening activities announced by the People’s Republic of China (PRC), especially live-fire exercises and economic coercion measures, which may cause an unnecessary escalation. There is no justification for using the visit as an excuse to conduct aggressive military activities in the Taiwan Strait. International trips for parliamentarians from our countries are ordinary and customary events. The reaction of the People’s Republic of China, which could lead to escalation, threatens to increase tensions and destabilize the region.

We call on the People’s Republic of China not to unilaterally and forcibly change the status quo in the region and to peacefully settle disputes across the Straits. The One China policies implemented by the G7 members remain consistent, where applicable, as do their basic positions regarding Taiwan.

We reaffirm our common and firm resolve to maintain peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and encourage all parties to remain calm and exercise restraint, act with transparency, and maintain open channels of communication to avoid misunderstandings.

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