WASHINGTON (AP) — China on Friday declared a halt to all dialogue with the United States on key issues surrounding House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. The White House summoned the Chinese ambassador to protest China’s “irresponsible” behavior since the visit.
China’s declaration adds to rapidly rising tensions following Pelosi’s visit and China’s response with military exercises off Taiwan, including the launch of missiles that splashed into surrounding waters.White House spokesman John Kirby said in a statement that China’s military actions “are of concern to Taiwan, to us and to our partners around the world.”
The US-China joint pact to combat climate change signed by President Xi and then-President Barack Obama in November 2014 was a landmark Paris agreement in which almost every country in the world committed to addressing climate change. It has often been hailed as the turning point that led to the agreement. It suppresses the emission of gas that traps heat. Seven years later, during climate talks in Glasgow, another US-China deal helped smooth out the clash with another international climate deal.
China’s steps, taken at a time of souring relations between Beijing and Washington, allow the United States to visit the islands it claims to be its territory, and to annex them by force if necessary. It’s the latest in a series of promised measures meant to punish. China launched menacing military exercises in six of her regions off the coast of Taiwan on Thursday and will continue through Sunday.
A missile was also launched over Taiwan, a Chinese official told state media. Although China regularly opposes autonomous islands having independent contacts with foreign governments, China’s reaction to President Pelosi’s visit has been unusually strong.
China’s foreign ministry said talks between U.S. and Chinese regional commanders and Pentagon chiefs would be canceled along with talks on military maritime security.
Cooperation on the return of illegal immigrants, criminal investigations, cross-border crime, illegal drugs and climate change will be suspended, the ministry said.
In a statement, the ministry said the action was taken because Pelosi visited Taiwan “ignoring China’s strong opposition and serious representation.”
China has accused the Biden administration of attacking China’s sovereignty, but Pelosi is the head of the government’s legislative branch and Biden had no power to block her visit.
Kirby said senior U.S. officials have had regular meetings with Chinese officials about the dispute. Kirby called China’s actions “provocative” and said the Biden administration found China’s military actions irresponsible and “contrary to its long-standing goal of preserving peace and stability and keeping it across the Taiwan Strait.” criticized.
“We have also made it clear that the US is prepared for Beijing’s choice,” he said.
China’s actions come ahead of a key meeting of the ruling Communist Party later this year, when President Xi Jinping is expected to win a third five-year term as party leader. As the economy falters, the Communist Party is daily attacking Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen, who has fomented nationalism and refused to recognize Taiwan as part of China.
China said on Friday that more than 100 fighter jets and more than 10 warships had taken part in live-fire military exercises around Taiwan over the past two days, largely symbolically announcing sanctions against Taiwan. Pelosi and her family.
Rocket Force also launched projectiles over Taiwan into the Pacific Ocean, military officers told state media.
Drills described by Xinhua News Agency as being of “unprecedented scale” are China’s harshest response to Pelosi’s remarks visitThe speaker is the highest-ranking US politician to visit Taiwan in 25 years.
Sino-US dialogue and exchanges, especially on military issues and economic exchanges, have been suspended at best. But the fight against climate change and the trafficking of illicit drugs such as fentanyl were areas where they found common cause. It can have serious consequences.
China and the United States are the world’s No. 1 and No. 2 climate polluters, and together account for nearly 40% of all fossil fuel emissions. Their top climate diplomats, John Kerry and Xie Zhenhua, have maintained a friendly relationship that dates back to the 2015 Paris Agreement.
Under Kerry’s pressure, China pledged to work “urgently” with the United States to cut climate-busting emissions at the United Nations Global Climate Summit in Glasgow last year, but Kerry said China failed to persuade China to significantly accelerate its coal exit.
On the coast of China opposite Taiwan, tourists flocked on Friday to catch a glimpse of military aircraft heading to a training range.
Fighter planes could be heard flying overhead, and tourists chanting ‘Take back Taiwan’ take pictures while admiring the blue waters of the Taiwan Strait from Pingtan Island, a popular scenic spot in Fujian province. rice field.
Pelosi’s visit stirred emotion Wang Lu, a tourist from neighboring Zhejiang province, said of the government’s response among Chinese citizens, “It made the motherland feel so powerful that Taiwan’s return was an irresistible trend.” I will help you,” he said.
China “is a powerful country and no one is allowed to encroach on its territory,” said Liu Bolin, a high school student who visited the island.
More than 70 years after the 1949 civil war split the two sides, China has claimed Taiwan as its own territory and threatened to use force to regain control, according to a statement from the ruling Communist Party. , the education system and the state media.
Taiwanese residents overwhelmingly support maintaining the status quo of de facto independence, rejecting China’s demands to unify the island with the mainland under Communist rule.
Japan’s Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said five of the missiles launched by China have landed in Japan’s exclusive economic zone off Hateruma, far south of Japan’s main island, since military exercises began on Thursday. . He said Japan protested the missile landing in China as a “serious threat to Japan’s national security and the safety of the Japanese people.”
Japan’s defense ministry later said it believed four other missiles launched from China’s southeast coast in Fujian province had passed over Taiwan.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Friday that China’s military drills targeting Taiwan represented a “serious problem” threatening peace and security in the region.
In Tokyo, where Pelosi finished her trip to Asia, She said China is unstoppable A US official visiting Taiwan. Kishida met with Pelosi and a congressional delegation after breakfast and said the missile launches had to be “immediately stopped.”
China said it had summoned European diplomats in the country to protest statements by the G7 and the EU criticizing China’s military exercises around Taiwan.
US Secretary of State Anthony Brinken called for drills on Friday ‘Significant escalation’ He said he urged Beijing to back down.
Taiwan put its military on alert and held civil defense drills, but the overall mood on Friday remained calm. flight canceled Or diverted, and fishermen remain in port to avoid Chinese drills.
AP writer David Rising reports from Phnom Penh. AP Writer Contributed by Huizhong Wu (Taipei), Mari Yamaguchi (Tokyo) and Seth Borenstein (Washington).