UK states opposition to actions raising tension in the region following China’s threat of force to unify Taiwan

UK states opposition to actions raising tension in the region following China’s threat of force to unify Taiwan

 

Commenting on Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s threat of force to unify Taiwan, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Minister of State Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon issued a statement on 23 January saying the UK opposes any action which raises tensions in the region and hinders the chances of peaceful settlement of any issues. The FCO Minister added that in line with the UK’s longstanding position on Taiwan, “we encourage Taiwan and China to engage in constructive dialogue to resolve this issue, taking into account the views of the people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait.” The statement was issued in response to a question from Taiwanese-British All-Party Parliamentary Group Vice-Chair Lord Dholakia on 14 January regarding the UK government’s assessment of risks to regional peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.