China suspends cooperation with the United States on a range of issues and Pelosi’s sanctions over Taiwan trip

The measures include canceling future phone calls and meetings between Chinese and US defense leaders, the future dates of which have not been announced, and canceling annual naval meetings under the China-US Naval Consultation Mechanism.

China has also suspended cooperation on repatriation of illegal immigrants, legal assistance in criminal matters and combating cross-border crimes, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a press briefing on Friday.

And it suspended its anti-drug cooperation with the United States, which has already soured in recent years. The United States blamed China for its failure to prevent synthetic opioids from reaching the United States as Beijing and Washington differed over how to address the problem.

China’s Foreign Ministry also said it would suspend climate change talks, a key area of ​​cooperation despite rising tensions in recent years.

The moves come after Beijing announced that it would punish Pelosi and her immediate family for her visit to Taiwan, and at a time when it intensified military exercises and incursions of warplanes across the island.

Earlier on Friday, China’s Foreign Ministry condemned Pelosi for what it called her “evil and provocative actions,” saying her trip to Taiwan amounted to “serious interference in China’s internal affairs.”

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi refuses to visit Taiwan, ignoring China’s serious concerns and resolute opposition, seriously interfering in China’s internal affairs, seriously undermining China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, seriously trampling on the one-China principle, and seriously threatening peace. The Chinese Foreign Ministry said Friday that “stability across the Taiwan Strait.”

“In response to Pelosi’s evil and provocative actions, China has decided to impose sanctions on Pelosi and her immediate family,” the statement said.

Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan on Wednesday, when she met with President Tsai Ing-wen and other leaders, angered the Chinese Communist Party, which views the democratic autonomous island as its own territory — even though it has never controlled it.

At a news conference in Tokyo during the last leg of her Asian tour, Pelosi took a defiant tone, saying that China had sought to isolate Taiwan from the international community but would not prevent US officials from traveling there.

“We will not allow (China) to isolate Taiwan,” the California Democrat said on Friday. “They don’t make our travel schedule.”

Ahead of the visit, Beijing warned it would take “strong measures” if Pelosi went ahead, and upon leaving, she launched live-fire military exercises and sent missiles over Taiwan for the first time.

Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said that as of 11 a.m. Friday, several Chinese military aircraft and warships had conducted exercises around the Taiwan Strait and crossed the center line – the midpoint between the island and mainland China.

The ministry said Taiwan’s military responded with radio warnings, air patrol forces, naval ships and missile systems ashore.

On Thursday, China sent 22 warplanes to the Taiwan Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), all of which cross the center line.

A number of countries, including the Group of Seven, which includes some of the world’s largest economies, criticized the Chinese exercises, urging Beijing not to change the status quo in the region.

In her comments on Friday, Pelosi said the Taiwan visit was aimed at maintaining the status quo.

“It’s about the Taiwan Relations Act, the US-China policy, all the legislation and agreements that established what our relationship is — for the sake of peace in the Taiwan Strait, and for the status quo to prevail,” she said.

Pelosi also dismissed suggestions by some critics that her visit had more to do with burning her legacy than benefiting the island, calling the claim “ridiculous.”

Some nationalists felt that China had done little to counter Pelosi.  Beijing wants to change its mind

She noted Taiwan’s “free and open democracy,” a successful economy and relatively progressive gay rights. “It’s not about me – it’s about them,” she added. “It’s about Taiwan, and I’m proud that I’ve worked over the years to show the concerns he has with mainland China.”

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Friday called for an immediate halt to Chinese exercises, saying it is a “serious issue concerning the security of our country and its people.”

Earlier, Japan lodged an official complaint after five Chinese missiles landed in its exclusive economic zone.

Amid deteriorating relations, China canceled a scheduled meeting between the foreign ministers of China and Japan.

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Deng Li on Thursday summoned envoys to China from European countries, the European Union and Japan to protest their remarks on Taiwan.

Ding said the G7 statement “distorted facts” and was a “blatant political provocation”, accusing the countries concerned of interfering in China’s internal affairs.

Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan was the first for a House speaker in 25 years, since then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich visited in 1997. Her Asian tour also included stops in Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and Japan.

CNN’s Gawon Bae and Yong Xiong in Seoul, Emiko Jozuka in Tokyo, Eric Cheung in Taipei, and Sam Fossum in Washington contributed to this report.

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