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U.S. to conduct “freedom of navigation” operations in Taiwan Strait

Mainichi reported on Sunday that NSC Indo-Pacific Coordinator Kurt Campbell held a telephone interview with the press on Saturday and criticized China’s increasing military pressure near Taiwan by saying that China is “jeopardizing peace and stability in the region and trying to change the status quo.” He also reportedly disclosed that the U.S. military will conduct “freedom of navigation” operations in the Taiwan Strait in the coming weeks. Sankei carried a similar story, adding that the senior U.S. official pointed out that following House Speaker Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, the Chinese military surrounded Taiwan with more than a dozen warships and that several warships remain around Taiwan even today. He reportedly said China’s intensified pressure campaign against Taiwan will continue to unfold in the coming weeks and months. The paper wrote that Campbell also announced that the United States will strengthen its economic and trade relations with Taiwan and soon announce a roadmap for trade negotiations. However, he also reportedly said the United States will uphold the One China policy and keep the lines of communication with Beijing open and called on China to resume the military dialogue and climate change discussions it suspended in response to Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan.

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