“Need to avoid miscalculation and accidents”: Vivian Balakrishnan on developments in the Taiwan Strait

"Need to avoid miscalculation and accidents": Vivian Balakrishnan on developments in the Taiwan Strait

SINGAPORE: Given the recent developments in the Taiwan Strait, Singapore’s Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan has emphasised the need to avoid miscalculation and accidents, which could lead to an “escalatory spiral and destabilise the region”.

Dr Balakrishnan met China’s State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on the sidelines of the 55th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on Thursday (Aug 4).

They exchanged views on the regional and international situation, including recent developments in the Taiwan Strait, Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said in a statement.

“Singapore has a clear and consistent ‘One China’ policy and is opposed to Taiwan independence and any unilateral moves to change the status quo,” MFA said.

“Minister Balakrishnan hoped that the US and China will work out a modus vivendi and stressed the need for stable US-China relations, which are vital for peace and security,” the ministry added.

A modus vivendi refers to an arrangement or agreement allowing conflicting parties to coexist peacefully, either indefinitely or until a final settlement is reached.

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