China has said it is canceling or suspending dialogue with the United States on everything from climate change to military ties to anti-narcotics efforts in retaliation for US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan this week. Beijing also imposed sanctions on her.
The measures announced on Friday made a series of promises intended to punish Washington for allowing visits to islands it claims to be its territory, by force of annexation if necessary. The latest in measures. China opposes autonomous islands making independent engagements with foreign governments.
For the second day in a row, China sent military aircraft and naval vessels to the Taiwan Strait as part of its largest live-fire campaign.CBS News’ Ramy Inocencio reports something unprecedented for Taiwan.
China’s foreign ministry said on Friday it was “suspending Sino-US climate change talks” and canceling a conference call between two security conferences and military leaders because Pelosi “ignored China’s strong opposition and harsh statements.” Announced. Press.
The state-run Xinhua News Agency said on Friday that fighters, bombers, destroyers and frigates were all used in what it called a “joint blockade operation” in six zones off Taiwan. State media reported on Thursday that China’s People’s Liberation Army has deployed more than 100 of her fighter jets, 10 warships and one nuclear submarine.
Before the sanctions against Pelosi were announced, she told Japanese reporters that the Chinese government would not dictate who could travel to the islands.
“They may try to keep Taiwan from visiting or participating in other places, but they won’t isolate Taiwan by preventing us from traveling there.” said Pelosi.
She later added, “We will not allow them to isolate Taiwan. They are not adhering to our travel schedules. The Chinese government is not.”
Following China’s actions last night, the White House summoned Chinese Ambassador Qin Gang to clarify that “China’s actions are of concern to Taiwan, to us, and to our partners around the world,” he said. Security Council strategic communications coordinator John Kirby said in a statement. Friday statement.
“We condemned China’s irresponsible military actions that run counter to our long-standing goals of maintaining peace and stability and crossing the Taiwan Strait,” Kirby said. He added that the White House made it clear that “nothing has changed about our one-China policy,” and that the US is “ready for what Beijing has chosen. We seek crisis.” I don’t want it,” he added.
“At the same time, we are discouraged from operating in the seas and air of the Western Pacific, in compliance with international law, as we have done for decades to support Taiwan and protect a free and open Indo-Pacific. I will never let you down,” Kirby added.
Pelosi is the first sitting U.S. politician to visit Taiwan in 25 years since Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich visited the island in 1997, Innocensio reports. .
Inocensio said this week’s military exercises are seen by experts as a test of a potential future invasion of Taiwan, in which China encircles the island with precision-guided missiles and encircles Taiwan in six areas along its coast. there is
The Xinhua News Agency said Friday that fighters, bombers, destroyers and frigates were all used in what it called a “joint blockade operation” in six zones.
The military’s Eastern Theater Command also launched a new version of the missile that it said hit an unidentified target in the Taiwan Strait “precisely”. China’s threat to annex the island is growing.
On the sidelines of a meeting with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Cambodia on Friday, Secretary of State Anthony Brinken told reporters that China’s military exercises aimed at Taiwan, including missile launches into Japan’s exclusive economic zone He said it represented a “grave escalation”. He urged Beijing to back down.
Blinken said Pelosi’s visit was a peaceful one and did not imply a change in US policy – a “one China” stance recognizing Beijing’s government and its inequality with Taipei. Enables formal and defense ties – visit is China’s “pretext for increasing provocative military activity in and around the Taiwan Strait”
He said the situation led to “vigorous communication” at the East Asia Summit in Phnom Penh, when both he and China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi attended, along with ASEAN countries, Russia and others.
“Over the past few days, I have reiterated points we have made both publicly and directly to our Chinese counterparts that they should not use the visit as a pretext for war, escalation or provocation, but may justify it. We acknowledge what they did and urge them to stop these acts.”
Blinken said he did not sit one-on-one with Wang, but that he had spoken to China’s foreign minister before the meeting in Bali to clarify the US position on the possibility of Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. rice field.
Pelosi was the first Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives in over 25 years and was met with a euphoric reception as the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit Taiwan.
Despite China’s positive reaction to the visit, Blinken said the United States would also not change its “commitment to the security of regional allies,” and the Pentagon ordered the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier group “to remain on base.” ‘He said. In the general area to monitor the situation. ”
“We will fly, sail and operate as long as international law allows,” he said. “We will continue to conduct standard air and sea transit through the Taiwan Strait, consistent with our longstanding approach of working with allies and partners to maintain freedom of navigation and overflight. ”
Haley Ott and Sara Cook contributed to this report.