US urges China to stop pressure on Taiwan

The United States has urged China to stop its military pressure on Taiwan, apparently in response to a recent spate of entries by Chinese military aircraft into Taiwan's air defense identification zone.

US State Department spokesperson Ned Price issued a statement on Sunday.

Price said the US is "very concerned" by China's "provocative military activity near Taiwan, which is destabilizing, risks miscalculations, and undermines regional peace and stability." He urged "Beijing to cease its military, diplomatic, and economic pressure and coercion against Taiwan."

Price pledged that the US "will continue to assist Taiwan in maintaining a sufficient self-defense capability."

He added, "The US commitment to Taiwan is rock solid and contributes to the maintenance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and within the region."

Taiwan's defense ministry said 39 Chinese military planes entered its air defense identification zone on Saturday. That marked a record high for the second consecutive day.

The administration of US President Joe Biden has been deepening ties with Taiwan. The statement is Washington's apparent attempt to keep Beijing in check.