Asean countries warn of risks caused by tensions around Taiwan

Asean countries warn of risks caused by tensions around Taiwan

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) – The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) warned on Thursday of the risks caused by tensions around the Taiwan Strait, which could lead to “errors in judgment, serious confrontations, conflicts and would have unforeseeable consequences for the great powers”.

Foreign ministers of ASEAN member countries issued a statement after a meeting in Phnom Penh, where host country Cambodia called for a de-escalation of tensions around Taiwan.

The Phnom Penh meeting, attended by other nations in addition to ASEAN member countries, including China and the United States, was overshadowed by renewed tensions after Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the island.

“ASEAN stands ready to play a constructive role to facilitate peaceful dialogue between all parties,” the association said.

The Speaker of the US House of Representatives traveled to Taipei on Tuesday and Wednesday, where she notably met with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen. This visit, the first of a “speaker” of the House for 25 years, angered China.

(Reporting Narin Sun and David Brunnstrom in Phnom Penh; written by Ed Davies; French version Camille Raynaud)

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