By: Elaine Hou and Evelyn Kao
Taipei, April 2 (CNA) The European Union called on China and Taiwan Tuesday to restart bilateral dialogue and avoid actions and words that may increase tension across the Taiwan Strait after China sent fighter jets across the median line of the strait Sunday in what Taiwan called a “reckless and provocative” move.
Two Chinese fighters crossed the tacitly understood line dividing the strait and entered Taiwan’s southwestern airspace at about 11 a.m. Sunday before retreating to the western side of the median line after Taiwan’s Air Force scrambled several fighter jets to intercept the two planes.
Commenting on the move by Beijing, an EU spokesperson said that the EU has a strong interest in peace and security in Asia.
“Tension in the Far East can only have a negative impact on our own security, as well as on our trade and our economies, including the flourishing trade between China and Taiwan,” the spokesperson said. [FULL STORY]