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Germany calls for de-escalation in Taiwan Strait

Berlin says it is committed to 'one China' policy, doesn’t see a change in US policy either

Ayhan Şimşek   | 03.08.2022
Germany calls for de-escalation in Taiwan Strait

BERLIN

Germany has called for a de-escalation in the Taiwan Strait amid growing tensions over US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taipei.

Deputy government spokesman Wolfgang Buchner told a news conference in Berlin that Germany remains committed to 'one China' policy, and also does not see a change in US policy with Pelosi’s visit.

“Nothing has changed here, and this has been also clearly stated by the US administration,” Buchner said.

Speaking at the same news conference, Foreign Ministry spokesman Christofer Burger called for de-escalation in the region, stressing that disputes should be resolved peacefully and by mutual agreement of the all sides.

“Such visits should not be used as a reason for military threats or the use of economic means of coercion,” he stressed.

In line with the “one China” policy, Germany acknowledges that there is only one Chinese government, and does not maintain diplomatic relations with Taiwan.

But Berlin also views Taiwan as a close partner, and enjoys close economic and cultural ties.

Pelosi's visit met with angry responses from China, which launched military drills and planned four days of exercises surrounding the island.

Beijing considers Taiwan its “breakaway province” and has strongly urged other nations to avoid direct relations with Taipei.

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