The tension around Taiwan continues to escalate after the controversial visit to the island by the president of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi. Beijing announced this Friday that it is freezing cooperation with Washington on key issues such as the environment and suspending high-level military meetings with the world’s greatest power. It will also sanction American politicians and their close relatives, in a gesture of unusual harshness against Pelosi, the third authority in the United States and the second in the line of succession to President Joe Biden. “Despite serious concerns and firm opposition from China, 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 the peace and stability of the Taiwan Strait,” he said. the statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Chinese decision leaves the United States government, which had advised against Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, in a very delicate position and with the prospect of worsening already deteriorated relations with Beijing. More information Beijing suspends part in response to Pelosi’s visit cooperation between the two countries on issues such as climate change and maritime security, and cancels key military meetings. In addition, the retaliation includes the suspension of bilateral meetings on the cooperation between China and the United States in the repatriation of illegal immigrants, criminal judicial assistance, the fight against transnational crimes and drug control. The foreign spokeswoman, Hua Chunying, has blamed the United States for causing the crisis. “The response measures are justified, they are necessary, appropriate and not excessive at all”, she has defended. Pelosi is the highest US official affected by Beijing sanctions. Last year, China announced sanctions against former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who served during the Donald Trump Administration, just as the current president, Joe Biden, arrived at the White House. The White House, for its part, summoned the Chinese ambassador to Washington, Qin Gang, on Thursday to condemn the military maneuvers around Taiwan and reiterate that the United States does not want a crisis in the region, The Washington Post reported on Friday. “After China’s actions, we summoned Ambassador Qin Gang to the White House to discuss China’s provocative acts with him,” an official spokesperson told the US newspaper. Join EL PAÍS to follow all the news and read without limits. Subscribe Nancy Pelosi shakes hands with her Japanese counterpart, Speaker of the Japanese House of Representatives Hiroyuki Hosoda, in Tokyo on Friday. KAZUHIRO NOGI (AFP) Beijing’s forceful response to Pelosi’s visit – which did not last even 24 hours, but allowed her to meet with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen and several pro-democracy activists – has drawn criticism from the G -7 and the European Union, which have branded it “unjustified”. This Friday, the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, expressed at the summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, that China’s reaction to the visit of the Democratic politician to Taiwan is “flagrantly provocative”, and that the Asian giant not only seeks to intimidate the island, but also its neighbors. The US Secretary of State assured that “there is no justification for what [China] has done”, although then she tried again to appease Beijing by reiterating that her country “is not looking for a crisis”. Pelosi sees the idea that she has harmed Taiwan as “ridiculous” of “ridiculous” the statement that his visit to Taiwan could harm the island, and assured that the objective of his trip is not to change the status quo, but to maintain it. “Our delegation does not seek to change the status quo in Asia or Taiwan,” assured the Democratic legislator during a press conference at the United States Embassy in Tokyo, the last stop on an Asian tour that has also taken her to Singapore this week. Malaysia and South Korea. Although in Seoul he avoided commenting on his visit to Taiwan, in Japan, the 82-year-old policy did not hold back: “If we do not denounce the human rights situation in China for commercial interests, we lose all credibility and authority morale to do it in any other part of the world,” he said. “China has tried to isolate Taiwan, and may try to prevent Taiwan from visiting or participating in other places, but they will not prevent us from traveling there. Our friendship with Taiwan is strong”. Pelosi did not personally meet with South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol during her brief stay in Seoul, but she took advantage of the visit to visit the Panmunjom Joint Security Area, in the demilitarized zone that separates the two Koreas. In Tokyo, she met with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, who assured Pelosi that her country “has called for the immediate cancellation of military exercises” around Taiwan. “It is a serious problem that affects our national security and that of our citizens,” added the Japanese head of government. The Japanese Ministry of Defense affirms that five missiles that China has fired landed in its exclusive economic zone, something unusual which has provoked a diplomatic protest before the Chinese Government, to which Beijing has responded by making the Japanese authorities ugly for having signed the joint statement of the G-7 and the European Union on this crisis. In that document, released Thursday, the seven most industrialized nations in the world and Brussels affirmed that there was “no justification in using a visit [la de Pelosi] as a pretext for aggressive military activity. China has also protested that statement to EU envoys in Beijing. The US and Japanese politicians exchanged “opinions on the international situation, including the war in Ukraine, the situation with China and Korea, and the achievement of a world without weapons.” nuclear”, according to what Kishida himself reported after the meeting. Follow all the international information on Facebook and Twitter, or in our weekly newsletter.
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