from China The Foreign Ministry on Friday announced new countermeasures against Washington, including the suspension of climate talks, in response to Nancy Pelosi’s visit a Taiwanhours after he announced sanctions against the president of the US House of Representatives.
The measures include the cancellation of future phone calls and meetings between Chinese and US defense leaders, for which no future dates had been announced, and the cancellation of annual naval meetings under the Sino-US military maritime consultation mechanism.
China has also suspended cooperation in repatriation of illegal immigrants, legal assistance in criminal matters and combating transnational crimes, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a briefing on Friday.
He suspended his anti-drug cooperation with the US, which has already been strained in recent years. The United States has blamed China for failing to stop synthetic opioids from reaching the United States as both Beijing and Washington disagree on how to counter the problem.
China’s Foreign Ministry also said it would suspend talks on climate change, an important area of cooperation despite escalating tensions in recent years.
The moves come after Beijing announced it would sanction Pelosi and her immediate family for the visit to Taiwan, and as it stepped up military exercises and fighter jet raids around the island.
Earlier Friday, China’s foreign ministry condemned Pelosi for what it described as her “vicious and provocative actions,” saying her trip to Taiwan amounted to “seriously interfering in China’s internal affairs.”
“The Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, insisted on visiting Taiwan in disregard of China’s serious concerns and strong opposition, seriously interfering in China’s internal affairs, seriously undermining China’s sovereignty and integrity. China’s territorial territory, seriously trampling on the one-China principle and seriously threatening peace and peace. stability across the Taiwan Strait,” a Chinese Foreign Ministry statement said on Friday.
“In response to Pelosi’s vicious and provocative actions, China has decided to impose sanctions on Pelosi and her immediate family,” the statement said.
Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan on Wednesday, when she met with President Tsai Ing-wen and other leaders, angered from China Communist Party, which sees the autonomous democratic island as its territory, even though it has never controlled it.
At a news conference in Tokyo during the final leg of her Asia tour, Pelosi struck a defiant tone, saying China had tried to isolate Taiwan from the international community but would not prevent US officials from traveling there.
“We will not allow (China) to isolate Taiwan,” the California Democrat said Friday. “They are not meeting our travel schedule.”
Before the visit, Beijing had warned it would take “strong action” if Pelosi went ahead, and when she left, it launched live-fire military exercises and sent missiles over Taiwan for the first time.
Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said that as of 11 a.m. Friday, a number of Chinese military aircraft and warships had conducted exercises around the Taiwan Strait and crossed the median line, the midpoint between the island and mainland China.
Taiwan’s military responded with radio warnings, air patrol forces, warships and ground-based missile systems, the ministry said.
On Thursday, China sent 22 fighter jets into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ), all of them crossing the median line.
Several countries, including from the G7 group of some of the world’s largest economies, have criticized China’s drills, urging Beijing not to change the status quo in the region.
In her comments on Friday, Pelosi said the visit to Taiwan had been about maintaining the status quo.
“This is about the Taiwan Relations Act, the US-China policy, all the laws and agreements that have established what our relationship is: having peace across the Taiwan Strait and having the status quo prevail,” he said.
Pelosi also rejected suggestions from some critics that her visit had more to do with polishing her legacy than benefiting the island, calling the claim “ridiculous.”
He pointed to Taiwan’s “free and open democracy,” successful economy and relatively progressive LGBTQ rights. “This is not about me, this is about them,” she added. “This is about Taiwan, and I’m proud to have worked for years to show the concerns they have with mainland China.”
Meanwhile, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Friday called for an immediate halt to China’s drills, saying they were “a serious problem related to the security of our country and its people.”
Earlier, Japan filed a formal complaint after five Chinese missiles landed in its Exclusive Economic Zone.
Amid worsening relations, China canceled a planned meeting between Chinese and Japanese foreign ministers.
On Thursday, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Deng Li summoned envoys to China from European countries, the EU and Japan to protest his remarks on Taiwan.
The G7 statement “distorts the facts” and is a “blatant political provocation,” said Deng, who accused the countries involved of interfering in China’s internal affairs.
Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan was the first by a sitting House speaker in 25 years, since then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s visit in 1997. Her tour of Asia also included stops in Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and Japan.