ASEAN Ministers Called for Calm after Pelosi Taiwan Visit

Foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) called for calm on Wednesday after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan, which enraged China and vowed “punishment.” 

ASEAN spokesperson Kung Phoak, Cambodia’s deputy foreign minister, said the ministers expressed concern over “growing tension in the Taiwan Strait” during the closed-door talks in Phnom Penh, which aimed to focus on the crisis in Myanmar. 

“We hope that all sides will try their best to deescalate the tension there, avoid actions that may contribute to the escalation of tension, and engage in dialogue,” Kung Phoak said. 

Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah urged all sides to tread “very carefully,” while Thai foreign ministry spokesperson Tanee Sangrat warned against “any actions that would aggravate tensions.” 

Meanwhile, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi called Pelosi’s trip a violation of Chinese sovereignty and warned of a “punishment.” 

“Those who play with fire will not come to a good end, and those who offend China will be punished,” Wang Yi said. 

Wang Yi and his American counterpart Antony Blinken will join ASEAN and other ministers for regional security talks on Thursday and Friday. 

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