China announced this Friday eight measures in protest at the trip on Wednesday of the president of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, to Taiwan, including the suspension of cooperation in matters such as the judicial, climate change and in some security mechanisms. Cooperation in the repatriation of illegal immigrants, in criminal judicial assistance, in drug control, in the fight against transnational crimes and the talks on the fight against climate change of the two countries are suspended. Likewise, the Chinese Foreign Ministry reported the cancellation of telephone calls between the leaders of military commands and of the working meetings between the Defense portfolios of both powers and those of the Military Maritime Security Consultation Mechanism. These cancellations mean that there is no longer a mechanism of trust between the armed forces of both superpowers at a time when the levels of tension in the Taiwan Strait are at a level not seen since the 1990s. The Chinese Foreign Ministry It has also announced sanctions against Pelosi and her direct relatives for “ignoring China’s concern and firm opposition” to her trip to Taiwan and for “undermining the sovereignty and territorial integrity” of the Asian country. The ministry has not provided specific details about the sanctions, but has accused Pelosi, who visited Taiwan on Wednesday despite protests from Beijing, of “interfering in China’s internal affairs” and “threatening peace and stability in the Strait. of Taiwan”. Pelosi says that “she does not seek to change the ‘status quo'” in the regionIn her visit to Japan, the last stop of her Asian tour, Pelosi has assured that her delegation “does not seek to change the ‘status quo’ of Asia or Taiwan” but ” show respect to the countries visited” and “have peace in the Taiwan Strait”. “The Chinese are trying to isolate Taiwan,” the spokeswoman for the US Congress declared, “but they will not isolate Taiwan by preventing us from traveling there,” she added, calling for continued visits to the island and establishing relations with her. Pelosi denies that they want to change the ‘status quo’ in Taiwan Last week, when Pelosi’s visit was only a possibility advanced by US media, Chinese President Xi Jinping and his US counterpart Joe Biden had a phone call in which Xi asked Biden not to “play with fire” with respect to Taiwan. In addition, the People’s Liberation Army (EPL, Chinese Army) continues with the military maneuvers that began on Thursday and will continue until next Sunday with live fire around from Taiwan. As reported by the Government of Taipei, Chinese warships and planes have crossed the middle line of the Taiwan Strait this Friday, which the island’s Ministry of Defense has described as “strong provocation.” This imaginary line in the strait works as an unofficial border but tacitly respected by China and Taiwan during the last decades. The White House summons the Chinese ambassadorWhile the White House has summoned the Chinese ambassador in Washington, Qin Gang, to condemn the “provocative” measures taken by Beijing against Taiwan and reiterate that the United States does not want a crisis in the region, according to press reports. White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby assured in a statement published by The Washington Post that the diplomat’s summons came after Chinese authorities had begun their live-fire maneuvers around to Taiwan “Following China’s actions overnight, we summoned Ambassador Qin Gang to the White House to protest the provocative actions of the People’s Republic of China,” said Kirby, who considered “irresponsible” the “military actions” of the People’s Republic of China. The spokesman assured that for the White House, China’s response to Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, an island that Beijing considers a rebel province e, is “irresponsible and contrary” to its objective of “maintaining peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait”. The White House has also reiterated to Ambassador Qin that its policy of recognizing “one China” remains unchanged, as well as its intention to keep all diplomatic lines of communication open. The Communications Coordinator of the National Security Council, John Kirby, has urged Beijing to do the same. For his part, the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, has indicated this Friday that China’s military exercises are “provocative actions” and represent “a significant escalation that has no justification”. Live-fire exercises Within the framework of the Chinese military exercises, which are taking place by sea and air, Japan denounced that five ballistic missiles fired by Beijing fell into the waters of its exclusive economic zone, something that had not happened until now. , which have included live fire and the launch of long-range missiles, were described this Friday by the Taiwanese president, Tsai Ing-wen, as “an irresponsible act”. Beijing claims sovereignty over the island and considers Taiwan a rebellious province since the Kuomintang nationalists withdrew there in 1949, after losing the civil war against the communists. The island is also one of the main sources of conflict between China and the United States. United States, mainly due to the fact that Washington is Taiwan’s main arms supplier and would be its greatest military ally in the event of a war with China.
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