China continues to advance in measures against the United States after Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan. Beijing announced on Friday that it will stop cooperation with the United States in several areas, including dialogue between high-level military commanders and the defense departments of both countries.
In addition, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a statement that it would also stop negotiations on climate change with the US, as well as cooperation in the prevention of cross-border crime, the repatriation of illegal immigrants, collaboration in legal and criminal assistance and drug control.
This morning China had already announced sanctions on the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosiand his closest family in response to his actions, which he calls “ruthless” and “provocative”.
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This has been announced by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, in a very harsh statement with US policy. “Despite China’s serious concerns and strong opposition, Pelosi insisted on visiting Taiwan, seriously interfering in China’s internal affairs, undermining China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, trampling on the one-China policy and threatening peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait,” reads a document.
Pelosi is the highest-ranking US official to face Chinese sanctions. Last year, Beijing sanctioned the former US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, just as President Joe Biden took office as president. Pompeo, who has called for Taiwan to be recognized as a “free and sovereign nation” since he left office, did not visit the island during his tenure.
At the end of her Asian tour, in Japan, Nancy Pelosi has reinforced that her stay in Taiwan it is not intended to “disrupt the status quo on the island.” “Our delegation does not seek to change the ‘status quo’ in Asia or Taiwan, but rather to show respect to these visited countries, to maintain peace in the Taiwan Strait and for the current ‘status quo’ to prevail”, from respect for the autonomy of the island.
In addition, he considered “ridiculous” the analysis that his visit to the island, more than beneficial, has been detrimental to the interests of the islandan independent state in practice since 1945 and which mainland China considers a rebellious province that must unify with the rest of the territory.
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“The Chinese are trying to isolate Taiwan,” the spokeswoman for the US Congress stated bluntly, “but they won’t isolate Taiwan by preventing us from traveling there”, he added, and called to continue visiting the island and establish relations with it. Pelosi referred to Taiwan as “one of the freest countries in the world” and praised the development of its democracy, “a real achievement”, and its success in sectors such as semiconductors. His visit to the island sought to “celebrate” his role model and find ways to “work together to spread prosperity,” he said.
“I don’t want the visit to Taiwan to divert attention from what was our real purpose,” Pelosi said, which is to follow advancing Washington’s relations with its allies in the region.