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British-Australian Ministerial Conference Statement Opposes Changes to the Status Quo in the Taiwan Strait

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[The Epoch Times, February 04, 2023] (Reported by Epoch Times reporter Lin Zirong) On Thursday (February 2), Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong (Penny Wong) and Australian Defense Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Richard Mars (Richard Marrs) Marles visited the United Kingdom and attended the Anglo-Australian Ministerial Conference with British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace and British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly. The current situation in the Taiwan Strait.

Ministers from the British and Australian governments announced on the 2nd that their officials will launch a new “economic security dialogue” to deal with the growing challenges in the Indo-Pacific region, maintain the diversity of global supply chains, and deal with the “economic problems” of hostile countries. coercion risk.

“It’s important for us to recognize that, sadly, the rules-based order is under threat like never before, human rights are being threatened by some figures around the world, some are testing the sovereignty of nation-states, and this should be done,” Wallace said. Worrying for all of us.”

In a joint statement issued on Thursday (2 February), the four ministers stressed their “strong opposition to any coercive or destabilizing actions by China to increase its military presence in the South China Sea”.

The British and Australian ministers stressed the importance of “peace and stability” across the Taiwan Strait, an important waterway for global supply chains, and they jointly opposed “unilateral changes to the status quo”.

The pictures show that during their visit to the UK on February 2, Huang Yingxian and Mars not only held meetings with Wallace and Cleverly, but also visited the cultural relics on the British ancient warship “HMS Victory”.

On February 2, 2023, Portsmouth, UK, Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong (first from right), Australian Minister of Defense and Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles (second from right), British Defense Secretary Ben ‧Ben Wallace (second from left) and British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly (first from left) attended the Anglo-Australian Ministerial Conference. (Toby Melville—WPA Pool/Getty Images)
On February 2, 2023, in Portsmouth, UK, Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong (first from left), Australian Minister of Defense and Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles (second from right), British Defense Secretary Ben ‧Ben Wallace (first from right) and British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly (second from left) attended the Anglo-Australian Ministerial Conference. (Toby Melville—WPA Pool/Getty Images)
On February 2, 2023, Portsmouth, UK, British Secretary of Defense Ben Wallace (Ben Wallace, third from left) and British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly (second from left) attended the British and Australian Ministers level meeting. (Toby Melville—WPA Pool/Getty Images)
On February 2, 2023, in Portsmouth, UK, Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong (second from left), Australian Minister of Defense and Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles (second from right), British Defense Secretary Ben ‧Ben Wallace (first from left) and British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly (first from right) attended the Anglo-Australian Ministerial Conference. (Toby Melville—WPA Pool/Getty Images)
On February 2, 2023, in Portsmouth, England, Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong (right) and British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly (left) watched the ancient British warship during his visit to the UK. A cannon from the HMS Victory. (Toby Melville—WPA Pool/Getty Images)
On February 2, 2023, Portsmouth, UK, Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong (second from left), Australian Defense Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles (Richard Marles, right), British Defense Secretary Ben‧ Ben Wallace (third from left) and British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly (first from left) look at the relics of Lord Nelson on board the ancient British warship “HMS Victory”. (Toby Melville—WPA Pool/Getty Images)
On February 2, 2023, in Portsmouth, UK, Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong (first from right), Australian Defense Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles (second from left), British Defense Secretary Ben ‧Ben Wallace (second from right) and British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly (first from left) watched a cannon of the ancient British warship “HMS Victory”. (Toby Melville—WPA Pool/Getty Images)
British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly (left) and Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong (right) attend a news conference in Portsmouth, England, February 2, 2023. (Toby Melville—WPA Pool/Getty Images)
On February 2, 2023, Portsmouth, UK, British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly (James Cleverly, fourth from right), Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong (third from right), and British Secretary of Defense Ben Wallace Ben Wallace (second from right) and Australian Defense Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles (first from right) attended the press conference. (Toby Melville—WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Source: Epochtimes

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