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Chair Cardin Statement on the People’s Republic of China’s Recent Destabilizing Actions in the Taiwan Strait

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) recent destabilizing actions in the Taiwan Strait.

“The PRC’s unilateral decision to adjust a disputed flight path in the Taiwan Strait is dangerous and provocative, representing yet another concerning example of Beijing’s unrelenting efforts to coerce Taipei. This move only serves to heighten security risks, undermine aviation safety, and threaten cross-Strait stability. I urge Beijing to reverse this decision immediately and engage in talks with Taipei.

“It is no coincidence that this action is being taken within weeks of a free and fair election in Taiwan, the result of which Beijing had made abundantly clear was not its preferred outcome. The United States remains firm in our commitment to stand with the people of Taiwan and their right to determine their own future.”