The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed gratitude for the joint statement by Australia-New Zealand Ministerial Consultations 2024, released Feb. 1, in which the two countries reiterated the importance of cross-strait peace and opposition to unilateral change of the status quo.
According to the MOFA, Winston Peters, New Zealand’s deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs and Judith Collins, minister of defence, visited Australia Jan. 31-Feb. 1. They met with Richard Marles, Australia’s deputy prime minister and minister for defence and Penny Wong, minister for foreign affairs.
In the statement, the ministers reaffirmed the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and called for the peaceful resolution of cross-strait issues through dialogue without the threat or use of coercion. They also reiterated their desire to continue deepening relations with Taiwan in the economic, trade, and cultural fields.
As Australia’s prime minister, Anthony Albanese has repeatedly emphasized the importance of maintaining stability across the Taiwan Strait, expressed his opposition to unilateral change of the status quo and supported Taiwan’s international participation.
New Zealand’s Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has also been vocal in the country’s commitment to safeguarding the Indo-Pacific. The joint statement signifies that Taiwan plays an important role in both global and Indo-Pacific stability and prosperity.
The Taiwan government will continue to work closely with Australia, New Zealand and other like-minded partners to uphold the security of Taiwan and the Indo-Pacific, enhance Taiwan’s international presence, defend the democratic system, shared values and the rules-based international order. (POC-E)
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