On Sunday, the President of the United States Joe Biden met with Anthony Albanese, the Prime Minister of Australia. They discussed their mutual interests. Security pact Questions surrounding the Taiwan StraitThe White House stated that.
The AUKUS security agreement between the United States and the United Kingdom is seen by Western allies as an attempt to counter China’s increasing power and influence, especially its military buildup, pressure on Taiwan, and deployments in the contested South China Sea.
The Aukus Agreement’s core is a plan to equip Australia with the technology to enable it to deploy nuclear-powered and conventionally-armed submarines.
The White House released a statement saying that the two leaders met in Cambodia at the East Asia Summit.
“The leaders recognized the imperative of maintaining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait,” According to the White House,
Beijing staged war exercises in August following Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taipei as Speaker of the House of Representatives. It has continued military activities near Taipei including daily fighter jet crossings of sensitive median lines in the narrow Taiwan Strait.
Recent tensions between China and the U.S. have been exacerbated by issues such as tariffs, Taiwan and intellectual property.
Australia’s relations to China have also declined. China placed sanctions against some Australian imports and responded angrily Canberra’s request for an international inquiry into COVID-19 origins.
Albanese also spoke briefly in Cambodia with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Sunday as President Xi Jinping was preparing for a formal summit.
Biden assured Asian leaders that U.S. communications lines with China would remain open to avoid conflict and that the United States would continue to cooperate with them. “compete vigorously” With Beijing while “ensuring competition does not veer into conflict.”