China leveled its vengeance for this Friday’s visit Nancy Pelosic One Taiwan With actions that have included the suspension of the cooperation mechanism with Washington and a ban on the president of the United States Legislature, relations between the two countries have been reduced to their lowest level in years.
Two days after the veteran politician’s controversial visit, Beijing announced eight measures, including suspension of cooperation in matters such as judicial, repatriation of illegal immigrants, criminal judicial aid and the fight against international crimes.
The country also suspended all cooperation with the United States in the fight against climate change. Despite the fact that the two most polluting countries in the world last year pledged to work together and meet regularly to “address the climate crisis”.
A decision that the White House described as “absolutely irresponsible”National Security Council spokesman John Kirby responded on Friday, saying, “China is punishing not only America, but the whole world.”
Similarly, Beijing canceled working meetings between the leaders of military commands and the defense departments of the two powers, as well as the military maritime security consultation mechanism.
These cancellations mean that there is no longer any system of trust between the armed forces of the two superpowers, at a time when tensions in the Taiwan Strait have not been seen since the 1990s.
The Asian country made the decision this Friday, just an hour after sanctions were imposed on Pelosi and her direct relatives for “ignoring concern and resolute opposition” to China’s visit and “undermining the sovereignty and territorial integrity” of the Asian country. made public.
The measures include a ban on entry into China for Pelosi and her allies, without further details at this time.
In addition to political measures, Beijing this Friday continued with the mobilization of planes and warships in the largest military exercise in its history near Taiwan.
According to Taipei, 68 fighter planes and 13 Chinese warships crossed the so-called “middle line” of the strait this Friday, which separates the island from mainland China, an informal but generally accepted coordination, along China’s coasts. middle half. are from Taiwan.
The Chinese military said the exercise included a “conventional missile strike” off the east coast of Taiwan.
In response, the White House summoned the Chinese ambassador to Washington on Friday. “We condemn China’s military operations as irresponsible and contrary to our long-term goal of maintaining peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait,” said acting spokesman John Kirby.
Chinese diplomat Wang Yi responded by accusing the United States of “a habit of creating a problem and then using this problem to achieve its goal”. “This approach will not work with China,” he warned.
The United States also asked Beijing to end its military exercises. “The Chinese can do a lot to de-escalate tensions by ceasing their provocative military exercises,” Kirby said, adding that they want to keep the lines of communication open with China despite the crisis.