Military and Climate talks with US suspended by China following Pelosi's Taiwan visit

The PLA's Rocket Force conducts conventional missile tests near Taiwan's east coast from an unidentified location on August 4, 2022. Eastern Theatre Command/Handout via REUTERS

In rising anger over US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan, China has halted discussion with the United States in several areas, including between theater-level military commanders and climate issues.

The Chinese foreign ministry suspended cooperation with the United States to prevent transnational crime and drug trafficking.

China conducted military maneuvers surrounding Taiwan on Thursday after Ms. Pelosi became the highest-level US visitor in 25 years to the self-governed island China views as its sovereign territory.

Sunday at noon, the most extensive live-fire exercises China has ever undertaken in the Taiwan Strait are set to conclude.

Taiwan's defense ministry stated on Friday that it scrambled jets to warn away Chinese aircraft that approached the island's air defense zone, some of which crossed the Taiwan Strait median line, which serves as an unofficial buffer between the two sides.

According to the government, 68 Chinese military planes and 13 naval vessels performed missions in the strait.

On Friday, China's Eastern Theatre Command of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) stated that its military conducted air and sea maneuvers to the north, southwest, and east of Taiwan "to test the troops' joint combat capabilities."

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated that the US has made it clear to China that it does not seek a crisis over Pelosi's Wednesday travel to Taiwan, which occurred during a congressional trip to Asia.

"There is no justification for this extreme, disproportionate, and escalating military response," he said during a news conference on the sidelines of regional ASEAN meetings in Cambodia, adding, "now, they've taken dangerous acts to a whole new level."

Mr. Blinken emphasized that the United States would not initiate a crisis but would continue to help regional friends and conduct routine air and marine transit through the Taiwan Strait.

He stated, "We will fly, sail, and operate wherever international law permits."

After the ASEAN summits, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi addressed a media briefing, "I heard that US Secretary of State Blinken held a news conference where he disseminated some false information and was not speaking truthfully."

Mr. Wang stated, "We wish to issue a warning to the United States: do not act precipitously and do not exacerbate the crisis."

In a conference with reporters, Jing Quan, a senior Chinese embassy official in Washington, DC, echoed this sentiment, stating, "The only way out of this crisis is for the US side to take immediate action to correct its mistakes and eliminate the grave impact of Pelosi's visit."

He stated that the United States should "avoid pushing Sino-American relations down the perilous path of conflict and confrontation."

Thursday, the White House summoned the Chinese ambassador to protest China's conduct.

China had summoned US ambassador Nicholas Burns earlier in the week in response to Pelosi's visit to Taiwan.

The US State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment regarding China's suspension of talks and cooperation on multiple fronts.

The Chinese comments did not mention a halt of military negotiations at the highest levels, including those with US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley.

While these discussions have been infrequent, officials have emphasized their importance in the event of an emergency or accident.

In response to Pelosi's "vicious" and "provocative" conduct, China declared separately that it would personally impose sanctions on her and her immediate family.

Before departing for Washington, DC, Ms. Pelosi stated in Japan that her travel to Asia never altered the regional status quo.

During a news conference following a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, she stated, "We have stated from the outset that our presence in Taiwan and the region is not meant to alter the status quo."

The defense ministry of Taiwan announced on Friday that the island's military had dispatched aircraft and ships and deployed land-based missile systems to monitor ships and aircraft that temporarily crossed the middle line of the Taiwan Strait.

Publish : 2022-08-06 08:10:00

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