China suspends ties with US military over Pelosi trip to Taiwan

China has suspended regular communication channels with the US military, as well as climate talks between the world’s two largest economies, in retaliation for the visit of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in Taiwan earlier this week.

China’s Foreign Ministry announcement on Friday came after the country’s military sent planes and warships to probe Taiwan’s defenses for a second day.

Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said Friday that several groups of Chinese aircraft and warships were operating in the Taiwan Strait area, including on the Taiwanese side of the Median Line – an unofficial division of the strait drawn by states. United decades ago to reduce the risk. of conflict.

Along with suspending communication channels with the US military and bilateral climate change talks, China’s foreign ministry said Beijing would no longer cooperate with Washington on a range of legal issues, including the repatriation of illegal immigrants. , drug trafficking and other crimes. He added that he was doing so because Pelosi’s visit had come “in defiance of strong opposition and serious representations from China.”

China’s Foreign Ministry said Friday afternoon that it would impose unspecified sanctions on Pelosi and his immediate family members.

President Xi Jinping’s administration initially directed its anger at Taiwan, launching an unprecedented series of military exercises in six areas surrounding the island and suspending trade in a range of goods. The drills began a day after Pelosi left Taiwan for South Korea and Japan.

The worst crisis across the strait in nearly 60 years has prompted one of Taiwan’s wealthiest men to donate millions of dollars for his security.

Robert Tsao, founder of contract chipmaker United Microelectronics Corp, said he would contribute NT$3 billion ($100 million) to Taiwan’s defense.

“With the Chinese Communist Party acting so despotically towards Taiwan, maybe they think Taiwanese are all scared of death and coveting money?” he said at a fiery press conference. “But I hope . . . we stand up and fight to defend freedom, democracy and human rights.

Tsao previously told Taiwanese media that his two sons would return to the country if China invaded. His latest comments were the strongest from Taiwan’s top tech hardware businessman since military drills began this week.

On the final leg of his five-country tour, Pelosi met with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, who condemned Chinese missile launches and called for an immediate end to military drills.

Pelosi told a press conference that while the visit to Taiwan was not intended to change the status quo, it took place against the backdrop of China’s repeated attempts to isolate Taiwan from the rest of the world.

Some of the missiles launched by China landed in Japan’s exclusive economic zone.

China’s state media, meanwhile, sought to drum up support for the drills following international backlash. An op-ed in military spokesman PLA Daily said the exercises were aimed at ‘deterrence’ after Taiwan and the United States agreed to change the status quo across the Taiwan Strait, an echo of the insistence of Beijing that Washington was ultimately responsible for causing Russia to invade Russia. Ukraine in February.

Meng Xiangqing, a professor at the National Defense University in Beijing, said a US aircraft carrier, the USS Ronald Reagan, was forced to roll back hundreds of miles after the People’s Liberation Army set up a shooting range in eastern Taiwan.

Pelosi’s trip through Asia also underscored the diplomatic dilemma for regional leaders caught up in tensions between the world’s two largest economies. South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol declined to meet Pelosi during her visit to Seoul on Thursday, amid growing Chinese pressure on her administration over its trade and defense ties with the United States.

The apparent snub was acclaimed by Chinese media and netizens. “Pelosi does not seem to be popular in Seoul,” wrote the Chinese nationalist tabloid Global Times.

Additional reporting by Maiqi Ding in Beijing

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