The Chinese government announced on Friday that it would cancel or suspend talks with the United States on issues ranging from climate change to military relations and anti-drug efforts in retaliation for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi leading a congressional delegation to Taiwan earlier in the week.

Beijing’s announcement has not halted economic and trade talks, where it is looking to Biden to lift President Donald Trump’s tariffs on imports from China. But it does set back any hopes of a substantial improvement in relations and raises the possibility of further misunderstandings leading to a wider crisis.

China’s Foreign Ministry said dialogue between US and Chinese regional commanders and heads of defense departments would be canceled, along with talks on military maritime security. Cooperation on the return of illegal immigrants, criminal investigations, transnational crime, illicit drugs and climate change will be suspended, the ministry said.

Nancy Pelosi spoke at a press conference at the US Embassy in Tokyo on Friday.
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China’s actions come ahead of a key congress of the ruling Communist Party later this year, at which President Xi Jinping is expected to secure a third five-year term as party leader. As the economy stumbles, the party has stoked nationalism and launched near-daily attacks on the government of Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, which refuses to recognize Taiwan as part of China.

Beijing also announced that it would impose largely symbolic sanctions on the speaker and her family during the stay in Taiwan, which lasted around 19 hours.

Pelosi tiptoed the issue of US-China relations on Friday as she completed her journey through Asia – breaking Beijing’s human rights record before insisting in a moment on the fact that America had to “work with” its rival superpower.

The United States recently summoned Chinese Ambassador Qin Gang in response to military activity.
The United States recently summoned Chinese Ambassador Qin Gang in response to military activity.
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“I’ve said it over and over again: if we don’t stand up for human rights in China because of commercial interests, we lose all moral authority to talk about human rights anywhere in the world.” , she told reporters at a press conference. at the United States Embassy in Tokyo.

“We are trying to find common ground,” she added. “China has contradictions, progress in terms of uplifting people, horrible things are happening when it comes to Uyghurs. In fact, it has been called genocide.

“So again, we have – we have to work with China on issues related to the climate crisis, being two of the biggest emitters, and we can learn a lot from China in this regard,” the speaker concluded. . “But we also have to work together for certain decisions.”

The Chinese military conducted a long-range live-fire exercise in the Taiwan Strait on Thursday.
The Chinese military conducted a long-range live-fire exercise in the Taiwan Strait on Thursday.
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China said on Friday that more than 100 warplanes and 10 warships had taken part in the live-fire military drills surrounding Taiwan over the past two days. The drills are set to continue until Sunday and experts say they could lead to Beijing asserting new territorial claims and enforcing them.

The Chinese exercises not only alerted the world to a possible war against Taiwan, but they also reportedly disrupted major global trade routes through the Taiwan Strait.

China's latest actions in Taiwan made headlines on Friday.
China’s latest actions in Taiwan made headlines on Friday.
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“As ships are used to circumvent tensions and not to speed up trade, this is a step in the wrong direction – which means more difficulties for supply chains,” analyst Peter Sand told Reuters on Friday. in charge of the Xeneta sea freight platform.

In response, the White House summoned Chinese Ambassador Qin Gang Thursday night to protest military activities.

“After China’s actions overnight, we summoned PRC Ambassador Qin Gang to the White House to approach him about the [People’s Republic of China’s] provocative actions,” White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told CNN.

A spokesman for China called the United States an “unprovoked provocateur and creator of the crisis”
A spokesman for China called the United States an “unprovoked provocateur and creator of the crisis”
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“We condemned the PRC’s military actions, which are irresponsible, at odds with our long-standing goal of maintaining peace and stability in and across the Taiwan Strait,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Chinese government has defended its actions while continuing to blame Pelosi.

“The current situation is entirely caused by President Pelosi and other American politicians,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Friday, slamming Kirby for accusing Beijing of using Pelosi’s visit as a “pretext” to increase military activity.

“Hearing this type of rhetoric from US officials reminds people of the Emperor’s New Clothes story. It is time for the United States to get rid of its arrogance, selfishness, hypocrisy and bullying practices,” Hua said.

China said on Friday that more than 100 warplanes and 10 warships had taken part in the live-fire military drills around Taiwan.
China said on Friday that more than 100 warplanes and 10 warships had taken part in the live-fire military drills around Taiwan.
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“The background and events that led to the tensions in the Taiwan Strait are abundantly clear. The United States is the unprovoked provocateur and creator of the crisis”

The spokesperson then reiterated his claim that Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan is a “serious violation of the one China principle” and “seriously violates basic norms of international relations.”

“It also seriously undermines China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. China did everything diplomatically possible. We have repeatedly warned the United States through various channels of the seriousness and serious harm of this visit,” Hua said.

Throughout the week, Pelosi and other Washington officials have insisted that the United States always abides by the “One China” policy, which recognizes China’s claim to Taiwan but does not acknowledge it.

Kirby also reiterated that the administration does not support independence for the island.

With post wires