Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta meets with Chinese counterpart as tensions loom over Taiwan

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Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta has met with her Chinese counterpart face-to-face for the archetypal clip astatine the East Asia and ASEAN summits successful Cambodia.

Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta looks connected  astatine  the 12th East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers’ Meeting during the 55th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting successful  Phnom Penh connected  August 5, 2022.

Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta looks connected astatine the 12th East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers’ Meeting during the 55th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting successful Phnom Penh, Cambodia connected August 5, 2022. Photo: Tang Chhin Sothy / AFP

On Friday, ASEAN ministers - from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam - hosted a broader planetary gathering for the plenary sessions of the East Asia Summit, including counterparts from the United States, China, Russia, Japan, Britain and Australia.

The ASEAN gathering has been overshadowed by tensions implicit developments astir Taiwan pursuing US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi's solidarity travel to self-ruled the land this week, which has infuriated Beijing.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations had warned connected Thursday of the hazard of miscalculations successful the Taiwan Strait and "serious confrontation" among large powers, though a communique connected Friday did not notation Taiwan.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov walked retired of the plenary gathering erstwhile their Japanese counterpart spoke, a idiosyncratic successful the country said.

China had earlier expressed displeasure implicit a G7 connection - of which Japan is simply a subordinate of - urging it to resoluteness hostility implicit Taiwan peacefully.

Illustrating the tensions implicit Taiwan, Wang arrived for ASEAN's gala meal precocious connected Thursday, past walked retired of the venue conscionable moments after, according to Reuters journalists.

Wang and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken person refused to conscionable each different successful Phnom Penh.

During the league I besides reiterated Aotearoa New Zealand's beardown interest of the Myanmar subject coup, South China oversea developments and Russia's amerciable penetration of Ukraine. #kitekapuia pic.twitter.com/nikN43XWl9

— Nanaia Mahuta (@NanaiaMahuta) August 4, 2022

In a statement, Mahuta said she and Wang acknowledged 50 years of diplomatic relations betwixt the 2 countries, and discussed trade, agriculture, clime change, and the environment.

During the session, she had raised New Zealand's concerns astir quality rights successful Xinjiang, the erosion of rights and freedoms successful Hong Kong, the Myanmar subject coup, and the grounds fig of ballistic rocket tests by North Korea.

"The curate pointed to the request to look beyond the 'firsts' to a mature narration that respects New Zealand's autarkic overseas policy," the connection read.

The ASEAN overseas ministers besides highlighted the problems successful Myanmar successful a communique, saying they were "deeply disappointed" by the constricted advancement made by subject rulers successful implementing a bid statement to extremity the struggle successful the country.

Myanmar is an ASEAN subordinate but its generals, who person defended recent executions arsenic necessary, are barred from attending its meetings until advancement successful the ASEAN bid program is demonstrated.

Mahuta besides noted New Zealand's involvement successful bid and stableness successful the region, including crossed the Taiwan Strait, and the request for de-escalation, diplomacy and dialogue.

"The curate urged China to beryllium clear, successful enactment with its committedness to the UN Charter, that it does not enactment Russia's unlawful aggression against Ukraine, and encouraged China to usage its entree and power with Russia to beforehand a instrumentality to diplomacy."

On the Pacific, she spoke of "Pacific-led responses to Pacific priorities", including successful the tract of security.

Mahuta has accepted an invitation to sojourn China erstwhile conditions allow.

- RNZ / Reuters

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