China’s ambassador to the UK has been summoned to the Foreign Office about Beijing’s “widespread and aggressive escalation” against Taiwan.
Foreign Minister Liz Truss said she had ordered officials to call ambassador Zheng Zeguang to explain his country’s actions in recent days, which have seen missile launches and intrusions into the region. Taiwan’s sea and space.
The move comes as China appears to have played down battles near the self-governing island amid heightened tensions between the two sides.
However, Beijing has repeated military threats, refusing to rule out the use of force against Taiwan, which it claims as its own territory.
“We will always be ready to respond by using force or other necessary means to intervene with external forces or radical actions by the separatists,” a Chinese statement said. said.
“Our ultimate goal is to secure China’s prospects for peaceful reunification and accelerate the process.”
China has stated that its actions around Taiwan, witnessed warships and aircraft of the air force enter Taiwan’s waters and spaceprompted by a visit to the island by US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Taiwan says such visits are routine and that China is only using her visit as an excuse to make its threats.
Ms Truss said in a statement: “The UK and its partners have most strongly condemned China’s escalating actions in the area around Taiwan, as seen by our recent G7 statement.
“I have instructed officials to summon the Chinese ambassador to explain his country’s actions.
“We have witnessed increasingly aggressive behavior and words from Beijing in recent months that threaten peace and stability in the region.
“The UK urges China to resolve any differences by peaceful means, without the threat or use of force or coercion.”
Taiwan has been self-governing since nationalist forces fled there in 1949 after the communists took control of China, and is considered a rebel province by Beijing.