Harris says China intimidates neighbors, reaffirms Taiwan commitment

Tokyo, Sep 28 (EFE).- United States Vice President Kamala Harris criticized China for its military actions Wednesday aimed at “coercing and intimidating its neighbors,” among which she cited the recent crisis in Taiwan, and reiterated the American commitment to defending the island.

“China undermines key elements of the rules-based international order,” Ella Harris said during her speech to US troops at the Yokosuka base, south of Tokyo, on the third and final day of her visit to Japan.

The US vice president accused Beijing of “flexing military muscle” and carrying out “alarming actions” in the East and South China Seas, and “more recently, in the Taiwan Strait.”

Harris also said Washington “will continue to support Taiwan’s self-defense” and “deepen unofficial ties, consistent with our long-term policy,” stressing that the US “will continue to oppose any unilateral attempts to change the ‘status who.'”

She said her trip to Japan “is aimed at reaffirming her commitment to an allied country, as well as to other partners in the region,” during her visit to the US naval base considered to be the largest abroad, with some 24,000 military and civilian workers.

Coinciding with Harris’s visit, the Japanese Executive denounced Wednesday the incursion of three Chinese ships into Japanese territorial waters near the disputed Senkaku Islands, a new incident Tokyo called “totally unacceptable” the 27th so far this year.

Harris, who attended the state funeral of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held Tuesday in Tokyo, is scheduled to travel Tuesday to South Korea, where she will meet South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol and visit the militarized inter-Korean border.

The US vice president also held a meeting with businessmen in Tokyo on Wednesday to address collaboration between the semiconductor producing industries of both countries with a view to guaranteeing a stable supply of these electronic components.

Harris also met bilaterally with current Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on the eve of Tuesday’s state funeral attended by some 700 foreign dignitaries. EFE


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