Joe Biden accused China of undermining peace and stability in the region with its "coercive" actions against Taiwan.

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source: guardian.com

The president of the United States reiterated that his country "will continue to support its allies and partners in favor of democracy, human rights, the rule of law and the freedom of the seas."

In the framework of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit, Joe Biden denounced that the recent actions of the Chinese regime in the Taiwan Strait are "coercive" and undermine peace and stability in the region.

The comments by the American president, who participated by video in the ASEAN annual meeting, come amid an increase in Chinese military activity near the island, which Beijing considers a province that should be reunified, even by force if necessary.

"The president also reiterated the United States' commitment to the rules-based international order and expressed concern about threats to that order," the White House said in a statement. And I add: "He made it clear that the United States will continue to support its allies and partners in favor of democracy, human rights, the rule of law, and the freedom of the seas."

Last week the president sounded the alarm in Beijing by saying that the United States is firmly committed to helping Taiwan defend itself in the event of a Chinese attack.

The White House played down the president's comments, which came during a CNN meeting. It said he did not intend to imply any change in the United States' "one-China policy," which recognizes Beijing but allows relations. Informal and advocacy ties with Taipei.

Relations between Washington and Beijing remain very tense. Former President Donald Trump took an aggressive approach to trade, visas, diplomatic representation, and educational exchanges. Furthermore, a recent US nuclear submarine deal with Australia and the UK has also angered China, claiming most of the disputed South China Sea and warned that the pact would threaten regional stability.

Some countries, such as Indonesia and Malaysia, also fear that the pact could escalate tensions and trigger an arms race.

"Indonesia does not want this region to become an arms race and a projection of power that could threaten stability," Indonesian President Joko Widodo told his Australian counterpart, Scott Morrison.

Australia announced a $ 93 million package to support Southeast Asia's safety, climate, and health efforts to support safety, climate, and health efforts. At the same time, Morrison defended the new pact with the United States and the United Kingdom, saying it does not change Australia's commitment to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations or the ASEAN perspective on the Indo-Pacific: " It reinforces it, " he said.

It also stated that Australia has no intention of acquiring nuclear weapons and remains deeply committed to nuclear non-proliferation.

According to the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida shared with ASEAN serious concern about the challenges to the free and open maritime order in the East and South China Seas.

He did not mention the Chinese regime, but Tokyo has become more vocal in defending the freedom of navigation and resolving disputes based on international law, at a time when China is expanding its military power beyond its shores, putting in check on their neighbors by building artificial islands and sending ships near their shores.

A diplomatic showdown has marred the meetings after military-ruled Myanmar skipped the summit in protest at ASEAN's decision to ban the attendance of Chief General Min Aung Hlaing, whose forces seized power in February.

In Biden's private conversations with ASEAN leaders, he denounced the "horrible violence" carried out by the military junta in Myanmar in an attempt to pressure the US leadership in the Pacific.

"In Burma, we must address the tragedy caused by the military coup that is increasingly undermining regional stability," the US president told regional leaders. "The United States supports the people of Burma and calls on the military regime to end the violence, release all political prisoners and return to the path of democracy, " he added.

According to the diplomat, it is feared that European leaders will skip the summit and limit themselves to sending lower-ranking representatives if the Burmese general is allowed to participate.

In a president's statement released after Tuesday's summit, bloc leaders urged Burma to give its envoy, Brunei's Second Foreign Minister Eryan Yusof, full access to all parties and release political detainees.

While respecting ASEAN's principle of non-interference, the bloc said it must also find a balance in terms of the rule of law, good governance, democracy, and constitutional governance in Burma's situation.

"We reiterate that Burma is a member of the ASEAN family, and we recognize that Burma needs both time and political space to meet its many complex challenges," the group said.