US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken at a press conference during the 55th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting. Phnom Penh, Cambodia, August 05, 2022 The US, Australian, and Japanese Foreign Ministers released a joint statement
The US Secretary of State, as well as the foreign ministers of the two countries, declared their joint commitment to deepening the triangular partnership to advance a free and open Indo-Pacific
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong and Japanese Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa met in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh on the sidelines of the 55th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting.
They issued a joint statement on their commitment to deepening the triangular partnership between Australia, Japan and the United States to advance the cause of a free and open Indo-Pacific.
This statement emphasizes that “the three-country partnership rests on an unshakable foundation of common interests and values, including commitment to freedom, the rule of law, human rights, sovereignty and territorial integrity, the peaceful settlement of disputes without the use of threat or force, and freedom of navigation and air traffic. “.
The Secretary and Foreign Ministers reaffirmed their determination to support the central role of ASEAN and the importance of the Pacific island countries as partners in the region, as well as “commitment to maintaining peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.”
They praised ASEAN's statement on the importance of easing tensions in the Taiwan Strait.
The statement on maintaining the trilateral political dialogue also said that “the three sides share the region's desire for diplomacy to avoid the risk of miscalculation.”
Blinken, Wong and Yoshimasa expressed concern about the recent actions of the People's Republic of China (PRC), which have seriously affected peace and stability between the countries. Among these actions, the leaders noted the holding of large-scale military exercises, condemning China's launch of ballistic missiles, five of which, as the Japanese government said, “landed in Japan's exclusive economic zone”, leading to increased tensions and destabilization of the region.
They called The PRC will immediately halt its military exercises.
“Australia, Japan and the United States' main position on Taiwan and attitude towards China's related policy, as far as it relates, will remain unchanged,” the three foreign ministers.