The US has described China’s military drills near Taiwan as irresponsible and an attempt to change status quo. Citing a White House spokesperson, The Guardian reported the US dubbed Chinese activities a significant effort to escalate tension and an attempt to change the status quo.
China continues its military exercise near Taiwan in the backdrop of US Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the island country.
The White House spokesperson said, China’s military drills are provocative, irresponsible, and raise the risk of miscalculation. Drills are also at odds with our longstanding goal of maintaining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, which is what the world expects, the spokesperson said.
US National Security Council coordinator for strategic communications, John Kirby has also warned of the risk of miscalculation of the drills and added it could trigger a larger conflict. He said China has chosen to overreact and use the Speaker’s visit as a pretext to increase provocative military activity in and around the Taiwan Strait.