Diplomatic and military tensions continue to rise after Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan

Fallout continued on Friday from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. trip to taiwan when China announced that it will cancel the dialogue with the United States on military talks and climate change.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Friday that working meetings with the US Department of Defense and the China-US Military Maritime Security Consultation Mechanism. The US were canceled as a result of Pelosi’s visit.

The ministry said it will no longer cooperate with the US in talks on climate change, drug control, the repatriation of illegal immigrants, criminal investigations and the fight against transnational crime.

These were seen as the remaining guardrails of a strained US-China relationship, but Beijing has long said that the only guardrail that matters is the “One China” principle: that the US recognizes the Republic People’s China as the sole legal government of China. China, but only recognizes the Chinese position that Taiwan is part of China.

The action raises questions about the potential impact to global climate benchmarks, as China and the US are the world’s top climate polluters. Last year, the US and China issued a joint commitment to take “enhanced climate actions” to meet the 2015 Paris climate agreement’s goals of limiting warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius.

The White House “summoned” China’s ambassador, Qin Gang, over China’s provocative actions overnight, spokesman John Kirby said in a statement, making it clear that the actions are “in the interest of Taiwan, us and for our partners around the world.

Kirby also reaffirmed the US commitment to the one China policy, as did Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Later on Friday, the White House spokesman specifically addressed China’s suspension of climate talks, calling the decision “fundamentally irresponsible.”

“China is not only punishing the United States with this, with these actions, but it is actually punishing the entire world,” he said. “The world’s largest emitter is now refusing to engage in the critical steps needed to tackle the climate crisis, which actually affects our partners, from rising sea levels in the Pacific islands to fires across the country. Europe”.

Kirby also downplayed China’s decision to break military commitments, saying that Beijing “regularly pursues these types of commitments to signal its discontent with the United States.”

Pelosi and members of a congressional delegation arrived in Taiwan on Tuesday despite warnings from mainland China not to. Pelosi, the highest-ranking US official to visit Taiwan in decades, said the trip, which also includes stops in Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Malaysia, is about “promoting a free and open Indo-Pacific region.” .

President Nancy Pelosi speaks at a news conference with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen at the presidential office in Taipei, Taiwan, on August 3, 2022.

Taiwan Presidential Office via Reuters

In response, China has also stepped up military exercises and imposed new trade restrictions on Taiwan.

Kirby confirmed Thursday that China launched approximately 11 ballistic missiles at Taiwan, hitting areas to the northeast, east and southeast of the island.

“We condemn these actions, which are irresponsible and contrary to our long-standing goal of maintaining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and in the region,” Kirby said.

The United States expects these actions to continue in the coming days, Kirby said, noting that the United States is “prepared” for whatever Beijing decides to do.

Taiwan’s Defense Ministry released new figures on Friday indicating that China has deployed 68 fighter jets, 13 warships in the areas and waters around Taiwan. Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-Wen said the nation remains on high alert.

Kirby said Thursday that the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier and its strike group would remain in the “general area to monitor the situation” and would actually “conduct standard air and sea transits through the Taiwan Strait in the coming weeks.”

Blinken on Friday called China’s response a “serious overreaction.”

“The fact is that the speaker’s visit was peaceful,” the secretary of state said between meetings of the ongoing conference of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Cambodia. “There is no justification for this extreme, disproportionate and escalated military response.”

PHOTO: A Chinese military J-11 fighter jet flies over the Taiwan Strait near Pingtan, the closest land in mainland China to Taiwan Island, in Pingtan, southeast China's Fujian province, on March 5. August 2022.

A Chinese military J-11 fighter jet flies over the Taiwan Strait near Pingtan, the closest mainland land to Taiwan Island, in Pingtan, southeast China’s Fujian province, 5 August 2022.

By Han Guan/AP

Pelosi herself commented on China’s reaction to the trip during a news conference on Friday along with the rest of the Congressional delegation, stating that Beijing was “probably using our visit as an excuse” for its missile attacks.

“Our friendship with Taiwan is strong,” he said. “It is bipartisan in the House and Senate, overwhelming support for peace and the status quo in Taiwan.”

Republicans in Congress this week have applauded Pelosi’s trip, with more than half of the Republican caucus in the Senate signing a statement backing her decision to go to Taiwan.

Pelosi has also been sanctioned by China, which means neither she nor her family will be able to visit mainland China, Hong Kong or Macau.

Asked Friday whether Pelosi bore any blame for the breakdown in US-China relations, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Pelosi had a “right” to go to Taiwan.

“There was no reason to have this escalation that we are seeing in China,” said Jean-Pierre.

– Molly Nagle, Lauren Minore, Joe Simonette and Ben Gittleson of ABC News contributed to this report.

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