China halts military and climate talks with US in retaliation for Pelosi visit


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China has suspended all planned talks with the United States on key international issues in retaliation for the US Congressional delegation’s visit to Taiwan.

Beijing announced on Friday that the Chinese Communist Party was canceling all talks on climate change, drug rings and military action.

China attributed the decision to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s congressional delegation and their trip to the island of Taiwan.

“The cancellation also sent a clear signal to the United States that the Chinese side will never accept the United States flagrantly harming China-US relations without suffering any consequences,” said American scholar Lü Xiang. from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

A fighter jet flies towards Taiwan as seen from the 68 Nautical Mile Scenic Spot, the closest point to mainland China on the island of Taiwan, in Pingtan, southeast China’s Fujian Province ), Friday, August 5, 2022.
(AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

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Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan praised Taiwan’s “democratic values” and “self-government” and assured Taiwanese that the United States would maintain mutual security interests in the region.

Chinese protesters tear up an American flag outside the United States Consulate General in Hong Kong on Wednesday, August 3, 2022.

Chinese protesters tear up an American flag outside the United States Consulate General in Hong Kong on Wednesday, August 3, 2022.
(Anthony Kwan/Getty Images)

Taiwan Air Force Mirage fighter jets taxi on a runway at an airbase in Hsinchu, Taiwan, Friday, Aug. 5, 2022.

Taiwan Air Force Mirage fighter jets taxi on a runway at an airbase in Hsinchu, Taiwan, Friday, Aug. 5, 2022.
(AP Photo/Johnson Lai)

The People’s Republic of China has long claimed sovereignty over Taiwan and the Taiwan Strait, the relatively narrow strip of ocean between the island of Taiwan and the Chinese mainland. The Chinese military has frequently sent planes to the area, testing Taiwan’s air defense zone.

The United States has no official relations with Taiwan – also known as the Republic of China – and maintains a “One China” policy that recognizes the People’s Republic of China as the rightful successor nation.

The White House has repeatedly tried to calm the escalating hostility surrounding Pelosi’s trip, but senior CCP officials remain irritated.

The Chinese military fired missiles into the water off eastern Taiwan on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022, in response to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's visit to the island.

The Chinese military fired missiles into the water off eastern Taiwan on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022, in response to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the island.
(Chinese Army)

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke to reporters Thursday about the recent congressional delegation to Taiwan, trying to facilitate the visit.

Blinken spoke Thursday in Cambodia with Prime Minister Hun Sen. Before reporters were escorted out of the conference room to allow executives a moment of closed-door discussion, Blinken paused to address a related topic.

Singapore's Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, left, speaks with Secretary of State Antony Blinken during a US ministerial meeting at the Sokha Hotel in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Thursday, August 4, 2022.

Singapore’s Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, left, speaks with Secretary of State Antony Blinken during a US ministerial meeting at the Sokha Hotel in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Thursday, August 4, 2022.
(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

“I want to talk about the recent activity regarding Taiwan because I know that’s on a lot of people’s minds,” Blinken said. “The United States continues to have an abiding interest in peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. We oppose any unilateral effort to alter the status quo, especially by force.”


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