BEIJING ( Associated Press) – China announced on Friday that it is halting open talks with the United States on issues ranging from climate change and military ties to the fight against drugs in response to a visit by House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi or suspending. To Taiwan this week.
The measure is the latest in a series of promised actions by Beijing to punish Washington for allowing travel to an island that Chinese officials believe is part of its territory and if necessary. If yes, then it should be added forcefully. In addition, it coincides with the Chinese military’s live-fire exercise in the Taiwan Strait, which began a day after Pelosi’s visit.
The Ministry of External Affairs clarified that talks between regional commanders and those responsible for defense departments will be canceled, as well as talks on maritime security. He said the return of migrants who do not have legal permits would be suspended for transactional crimes, drug trafficking and cooperation in climate change.
China said earlier on Friday that its military exercises over the past two days have involved more than 100 aircraft and 10 warships, and announced sanctions against Pelosi.
Fighter jets, bombers, destroyers and warships were used in so-called “joint blockade operations” in six areas off the coast of Taiwan, China’s official news agency reported on Friday.
The Eastern Military Command also tested new versions of the missiles, which it said hit unidentified targets “with precision” in the Taiwan Strait. Among them were projectiles that flew over the island and landed in the Pacific, military officials told state media, in a major escalation of Beijing’s threat to capture the area by force.
In response to a visit by Pelosi, the highest-ranking US politician to step into Taiwan in 25 years, Xinhua news agency described it as “an unprecedented scale”.
Separately, China announced unspecified sanctions against Pelosi and his family. These types of actions usually have a symbolic character.
In a statement, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said Pelosi ignored China’s serious concerns and outright opposition to his visit. He called the Act provocative and argued that it undermines the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country.
Beijing opposes Taiwan’s relationship with foreign governments.
Tourists flocked to the Chinese coast off Taiwan on Friday to try to spot any military aircraft headed for the exercise area. Jets could be heard flying overhead as tourists took pictures and chanted “Take Back Taiwan” while looking out over the strait’s blue waters off Pingtan Island, a popular resort.
China’s insistence that Taiwan is its territory and the threat of using force to bring it under its control has been prominently displayed in the propaganda of the ruling Communist Party, in the education system and in the Chinese-controlled media. Since being separated in the civil war of 1949.
The island’s residents favor maintaining the status quo of de facto independence and reject Beijing’s demands for unification.
On Friday morning, China moved military ships and warplanes across the midline, Taiwan’s defense ministry said, crossing an informal de-escalation zone between the two sides for decades.
Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said five missiles fired by China since the start of the exercise fell on an island in the extreme south of the archipelago off Hateruma, Japan’s exclusive economic zone. Japan opposed these actions towards China as a “serious threat to the national security and security of the Japanese people”.
Japan’s defense ministry later said it believed the other four projectiles fired off the coast of Fujian in southeast China flew over Taiwan.
Earlier in the day, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Chinese military exercises around Taiwan represent a “serious problem” that threatens peace and security in the region.
In Tokyo, the final stop of Pelosi’s Asian tour, the official said Beijing could not prevent a visit by high-ranking officials from his country to the island. Speaking after breakfast with Pelosi and the US delegation, Kishida said the missile launch “should be stopped immediately.”
China, on the other hand, said it had called for discussions with European diplomats in the country to oppose statements issued by the Group of Seven and the European Union, which called for its military’s threatening maneuvers around Taiwan. was criticized.
The Foreign Ministry said on Friday that Deputy Minister Deng Li made “serious statements” about “unnecessary interference in China’s internal affairs”.
Deng said that China would stop the partition of the country with determination by all means and at any cost.
“Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan is a clear political manipulation and a gross violation of China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Deng said. “In response to the collusion and provocation of the US and Taiwan, it is natural for China to counterattack.”
According to the Chinese foreign ministry, the meeting took place on Thursday night, but it did not say which countries participated. A day earlier, China canceled a foreign ministers meeting with Japan to protest the G7 statement that the exercise was not appropriate.
Beijing had previously summoned US ambassador Nicholas Burns to protest Pelosi’s visit. The senior official left the island on Wednesday after meeting with President Tsai Ing-wen and attending other public events. He then traveled to South Korea and Japan, which have US military bases and could be drawn into conflict with Taiwan.