PHONM PENH — Tensions over developments around Taiwan spilled over into Friday’s Asian Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, diverting attention from a meeting expected to focus on efforts to end the crisis in Myanmar, among other issues. was done.

The ASEAN Regional Forum in Southeast Asia, which was attended by US, Chinese, Russian and Japanese officials, did not announce a new agreement and the closing statement was postponed until Saturday. Beijing and Washington had a bitter exchange this week on the visit of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. To Taiwan, which infuriated Beijing.

More than 20 foreign ministers attended a closed-door roundtable in Cambodia as China conducted large-scale military exercises, including live-missile launches, around Taiwan in the wake of Pelosi’s visit.

She was the highest-level U.S. visitor to the autonomous island China considers sovereign territory in 25 years.

“There is no reason to justify this extreme, disproportionate and escalating military response,” Secretary of State Antony Brinken said at a press conference on the sidelines of a rally in Phnom Penh.

“Now they’ve taken risky behavior to a new level,” he said, stressing that Washington will not create a crisis and support allies in the region.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which hosts the meeting, called for restraint on Thursday and warned of the risks of miscalculation and conflict between the great powers.

China canceled talks with Japan on Thursday over remarks in the G7 statement on Taiwan, and the same day Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi left without giving a reason just before a gala dinner attended by Japanese and US diplomats. .

On Friday, Wang and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov walked out of the plenary session as spoken by Japan’s top diplomat, Yoshimasa Hayashi.

Wang held a rare press conference late Friday, accusing Brinken of spreading misinformation.

He called Pelosi’s visit a “vile farce” and emphasized that China’s military response to it was “resolute, forceful and appropriate” and professionally handled.

Sense of guilt?

Asked about the strike, Wang suggested that Lin may have felt guilty.

“If the Japanese side is concerned about this, they should consider whether they have done something very bad to China,” he said.

“If you haven’t done anything wrong to China, why are you worried about this?”

Hayashi said he noticed that the king and Lavrov were walking away while they were talking.

“At a time like this when the situation is tense, good communication is important. Japan is always open to dialogue with China,” Hayashi told reporters.

The 10-nation ASEAN issued a communiqué on Friday, which did not mention Taiwan but emphasized disappointment at the limited progress made by Myanmar’s military rulers in implementing the ASEAN-led peace deal.

The communiqué said it recommended an ASEAN summit in November to assess the military government’s progress in implementing the peace plan to “guide decisions on next steps.” It didn’t elaborate.

Myanmar is a member of ASEAN, and the generals who came to power last February have been widely criticized abroad for squelching dissent, but will remain at the meeting until progress is shown on ASEAN’s peace plan. is prohibited from attending.

Some ASEAN members, which have a tradition of non-interference in each other’s internal affairs, have harshly criticized Myanmar, with Malaysia mocking ASEAN, saying it irritates everyone. .

Myanmar’s state television released a statement late Friday rejecting those accusations, condemning ASEAN’s decision not to invite the military junta to the meeting, and claiming it was working with a special ASEAN peace envoy.


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