The fallout continued after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan on Friday as China announced it would cancel military talks and dialogue with the United States on climate change.

China’s foreign ministry said on Friday that working meetings with the US Department of Defense and the China-US Maritime Military Security Consultative Mechanism were canceled as a result of Pelosi’s visit.

The department also said it would no longer cooperate with the United States on climate change consultations, drug enforcement, repatriation of illegal immigrants, criminal investigations and fighting cross-border crime.

These were seen as the remaining guardrails against tensions in US-China relations, but Beijing has long stated that the only guardrail that matters is the “One China” principle. It merely acknowledges China’s position of being part of the

The action raises questions about its potential impact on global climate benchmarks, as China and the United States are the world’s largest climate polluters. Just last year, the United States and China announced a joint pledge to take “enhanced climate action” to meet her 2015 Paris Agreement goal of keeping warming below 2 degrees Celsius.

The White House “summoned” China’s ambassador Qin Gang overnight for China’s provocative actions, spokesman John Kirby said in a statement, adding that the actions “are of concern to Taiwan, us, and our partners around the world.” matter”.

Kirby also reaffirmed America’s commitment to the one-China policy, as did Secretary of State Anthony Brinken.

Later on Friday, a White House spokesman specifically referred to China’s suspension of climate talks, saying the decision was “fundamentally irresponsible.”

“China is not just punishing the United States for this or these actions, it is actually punishing the entire world,” he said. “The world’s largest emitters have now refused to engage in the critical steps needed to tackle the climate crisis that actually affects our partners, from sea level rise in the Pacific Islands to fires across Europe. I have.”

Kirby also downplayed China’s decision to end its military engagement, saying Beijing “regularly engages in these kinds of engagements to show its dissatisfaction with the United States.”

Pelosi and members of a congressional delegation arrived in Taiwan on Tuesday despite being warned they were not from mainland China. He said the visits, which included visits to Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Malaysia, were to “advance a free and open Indo-Pacific region.”

Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks during a press conference with Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen at the Presidential Office Building in Taipei, Taiwan, August 3, 2022.

Taiwan Presidential Office via Reuters

In response, China has also ramped up military exercises and imposed new trade restrictions on Taiwan.

Kirby confirmed Thursday that China launched an estimated 11 ballistic missiles toward Taiwan, impacting areas to the northeast, east and southeast of the island.

“I condemn these actions that are irresponsible and contrary to our long-held goal of maintaining peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and region,” Kirby said.

Kirby said the U.S. expected such actions to continue over the next few days and said the U.S. was “ready” for Beijing’s decision.

Taiwan’s defense ministry released new figures on Friday showing China has deployed 68 fighter jets and 13 warships to areas and waters around Taiwan. Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen said the country remained on high alert.

Kirby said Thursday that the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier and its strike group will remain in “general waters to monitor the situation” and indeed “will conduct standard air and sea transport through the Taiwan Strait in the coming weeks.” Stated.

Mr Blinken on Friday called China’s response a “serious overreaction”.

“The president’s visit was peaceful,” the secretary of state said on the sidelines of the ongoing Association of Southeast Asian Nations conference in Cambodia. “There is no justification for this extreme, disproportionate and escalating military response.”

Photo: A Chinese J-11 military fighter plane flies over the Taiwan Strait near Pingtan, the closest city to the island of Taiwan from mainland China, at Pingtan in southeastern China's Fujian province, August 5, 2022.

A Chinese J-11 military fighter plane flies over the Taiwan Strait near Pingtan, the closest city from mainland China to the island of Taiwan, on August 5, 2022, in Pingtan, Fujian province in southeastern China.

Ngu Hung Guang/AP

Pelosi herself commented on China’s reaction to the visit at a press conference on Friday, along with other congressional delegations, saying Beijing was “probably using our visit as an excuse” for the missile strike.

“Our friendship with Taiwan is strong,” she said. She is “bipartisan in the House and Senate and overwhelmingly supportive of peace and the status quo in Taiwan.”

Republican lawmakers praised Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan this week, with more than half of the Senate GOP caucuses signing a statement backing Pelosi’s decision to visit Taiwan.

Pelosi is also under sanctions from China, and neither Pelosi nor her family can travel to mainland China, Hong Kong or Macau.

White House Press Secretary Carine Jean-Pierre said Friday that Pelosi has a “right” to go to Taiwan when asked if she held any responsibility for the severance of U.S.-China relations. .

“There was no reason to do this escalation that we see from China,” Jean-Pierre said.

– Molly Nagle, Lauren Minore, Joe Simonet and Ben Gittleson of ABC News contributed to this report.

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