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Blinken: China's military exercises are "significant escalations"

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA -- US Secretary of State Anthony Brinken said on Friday about military exercises targetingChinaTaiwan. He said: The inclusion of the missiles fired into Japan's exclusive economic zone represented a "grave escalation", and he urged Beijing to back down.

China said US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi After a visit to Taiwan, he began training, angering Beijing, which claims the autonomous islands as its territory.

Blinken told reporters on the sidelines of talks with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Cambodia that Pelosi's visit was peaceful and did not represent a change in U.S. policy toward Taiwan. Instead, he accused China of using Taiwan. He used "an excuse to increase provocative military activity in and around the Taiwan Strait."

He said at the East Asia Summit in Phnom Penh, where he and China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi attended, along with his ASEAN countries, Russia, and others, that the situation was "vigorous." communication,” he said.

"I have reiterated points I have made publicly and directly to my Chinese counterparts in recent days that they have used this visit as a pretext for war, escalation and provocation. It is impossible to justify what they have done for the fact that it should not be used as a sanction and urges them to stop these acts," he said.

Brinken said Wang and he did not sit one-on-one, but had discussed Pelosi's possible visit to Taiwan with China's foreign minister before the meeting took place in Bali. He made the US position clear.

When the East Asia Summit began, Wang tapped Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on the shoulder as he entered the room, waved to Lavrov who was already seated, and then sat down. Lavrov waved back.

Blinken, who entered the room last, glanced at Wan, who had been sitting at the same table as Lavrov, as Lavrov had moved half a dozen chairs away from him to his own seat. did not.

Ahead of the meeting in Phnom Penh, the US State Department said Brinken did not plan to meet either man one-on-one during the course of the talks.

It came a day after WNBA star Britney Griner was convicted of drug possession and sentenced to nine years in prison by Russia amid the standoff over the U.S. invasion of Ukraine.

Brinken said her conviction and her sentence "further compound the injustices done against her."

"This is a very serious indication of the Russian legal system and the fact that the Russian government is using unjust detention to use individuals as political agents to advance its own agenda. It's putting the spotlight on an important shift in direction," he said.

On Thursday, China canceled a foreign ministers' meeting with Japan, and he protested statements from the G7 countries that said there was no justification for Beijing's military exercises that effectively encircle Taiwan.

"Japan, along with other members of the G-7 and her EU, issued an irresponsible statement denouncing China and confusing good and evil," said Hua Chunying, spokeswoman for China's foreign ministry. said in Beijing.

Both Lavrov and Wang walked out of the room when Japan's Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi began his speech at the East Asia Summit on Friday, a diplomat in the room said on condition of anonymity. Spoken. Private session.

After Chinese missiles were launched into the Japanese economy, Blinken said the United States had shown "strong solidarity" with Japan following "China's dangerous actions." Stated.


Jim Gomez of Manila, Philippines contributed to this report.