By Caribbean News Global
TAIPEI, Taiwan – The Group of Seven (G7) foreign ministers meeting held in Nagano Prefecture in Japan from April 16 to 18, reaffirmed the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait as an indispensable element in security and prosperity in the international community. The meeting also called for the peaceful resolution of cross-strait issues and expressed support for Taiwan’s meaningful participation in the World Health Assembly and technical meetings of the World Health Organization.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (Taiwan) strongly welcomes the communiqué and thanked the G7 countries for their staunch support of Taiwan.
G7 foreign ministers reaffirm the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait
“The ministers’ communiqué further reiterates the importance of a free and open Indo-Pacific and expresses concern over the situation in the East and South China Seas. It stresses strong opposition to any unilateral attempt to change the status quo by force or coercion and pointedly reminds China to uphold the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter and abstain from threats, coercion, intimidation, or the use of force.”
MOFA notes that the Chinese ministry of foreign affairs continues its habitual tactic of distorting and misrepresenting facts, falsely claiming that Taiwan is an inalienable part of China’s territory and that the G7 foreign ministers’ communiqué is tantamount to support for Taiwan independence and the disruption of the status quo across the Taiwan Strait.
MOFA solemnly reiterates that neither the R.O.C. (Taiwan) nor the People’s Republic of China is subordinate to the other. This is a long-standing objective fact and the status quo across the Taiwan Strait. Taiwan’s sovereignty belongs only to its entire populace and only the Taiwanese people have the right to determine Taiwan’s future.
“As a responsible member of the Indo-Pacific region, Taiwan will continue to safeguard, through concrete action, the core values of democracy, freedom, human rights, and the rule of law. It is also willing to bolster cooperation with G7 countries to jointly advance international prosperity and stability,” said MOFA in a press release.
Chinese cyber threats against Taiwan
Meanwhile, senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and Mike Rounds (R-SD) and representatives Mike Gallagher (R-WI) and Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA) introduced the bipartisan and bicameral “Taiwan Cybersecurity Resiliency Act” (S.1241 & H.R.2756), which would require the Pentagon to expand cybersecurity cooperation with Taiwan to help them counter cyber threats from China.
“We must push back on the Chinese Communist Party’s growing aggression, and its attempts to undermine democracy around the world – including through hostile cyber actions. All too often, we’ve seen Taiwan used as a testing ground for China’s cyberattacks later used against the United States,” said senator Rosen, a former computer programmer.
“Taiwan’s security is vital to our own [U.S.] national security,” senator Rounds said, adding that “Strengthening Taiwan’s military cyber capabilities is one of multiple measures needed to build Taiwan into a well-armed porcupine.”
“This bill helps arm Taiwan to the teeth in the cyber domain by strengthening Taiwan’s cyber forces and building an even stronger partnership between our two countries,” said representative. Gallagher, warned that China “has already launched an attack on Taiwan in cyberspace” and that Chinese cyberattacks could have “devastating” effects.