U.S. voices concern over attempts to change cross-strait status quo

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2018/06/22
By: Chiang Chin-yeh and Y.F. Low

Washington, June 21 (CNA) A U.S. official expressed concern Thursday over

Alex Wong (CNA file photo)

attempts by China to change the status quo across the Taiwan Strait, as seen in Beijing’s escalating efforts to suppress Taiwan internationally.

Alex Wong (黃之瀚), deputy assistant secretary in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, pointed to recent actions taken by China to squeeze Taiwan’s international space to make contributions that benefit the international community, such as offering humanitarian assistance and taking part in the World Health Assembly.

“Stability in the region is dependent on the status quo across the strait. So the U.S. government is very concerned about any attempts to disturb that status quo,” Wong said during a discussion on U.S. strategic competition in the Indo-Pacific held as part of the annual conference of the Center for a New American Security.

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