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China Halts Cooperation With US Over Climate And Military Issues After Sending Missiles Over Taiwan Island – Live

Missiles cross Taiwan in latest drill, Chinese media report

We have a little more detail on the Chinese missiles that reportedly flew over Taiwan during Beijing’s latest military drills on Friday.

Meng Xiangqing, a professor at China’s military-affiliated National Defence University, spoke with state broadcaster CCTV, lauding the accuracy of Beijing’s capabilities.

Our exercises this time included live-firing tests, and it was the first time they crossed Taiwan island.”

He added that they passed through an airspace where Patriot missiles – a highly mobile surface-to-air missile system that would be a crucial defence against Chinese warplanes – are densely deployed.

The latest drills also represented the PLA’s closest-ever exercises to the island, its first encirclement and the first time it set up a shooting range east of Taiwan, Meng said.

China’s official Xinhua news agency reported that the military “flew more than 100 warplanes including fighters and bombers” during the exercises, as well as “over 10 destroyers and frigates.”

The Chinese exercises involve troops from the navy, air force, rocket force, strategic support force and logistic support force, according to Xinhua.

The median line is an unofficial but once largely adhered-to border that runs down the middle of the Taiwan Strait, which separates Taiwan and China.

As well as earlier announcing that it would impose sanctions on US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi following her visit to Taiwan, China’s foreign ministry is announcing the withdrawal of joint cooperation with the US on a range of issues.


Reuters reports it has listed climate talks between the US and China, dialogue between US and China military leaders, cross-border cooperation on crime, maritime safety mechanisms and relationships on immigration and anti-drug policies as areas of activity that will cease.


More details soon …

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The Washington Post is reporting that China’s ambassador to the US has been summoned to the White House.


Yasmeen Abutaleb writes:



“After China’s actions overnight, we summoned Ambassador Qin Gang to the White House to démarche him about the PRC’s provocative actions,” White House spokesman John Kirby said in a statement provided to the Washington Post.


“We condemned the PRC’s military actions, which are irresponsible and at odds with our long-standing goal of maintaining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.” A démarche is a protest lodged through diplomatic channels.



Yesterday the Washington Post carried an op-ed piece written by the ambassador, in which he put China’s point of view over the escalating dispute. In the article, titled Why China objects to Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, Qin Gang wrote:



Taiwan has been an inseparable part of China’s territory for 1,800 years.


When China and the United States established diplomatic relations on 1 January 1979, the United States recognised in the joint communique with China that the government of the People’s Republic of China is the sole legal government of China. Four decades have passed since, and the United States has long been committed to not developing official relations with Taiwan.


By order of succession, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is the third-highest-ranking official in the US. government. Traveling in a military aircraft, Pelosi paid a high-profile “official visit to Taiwan” this week, as her office described it in her arrival statement, and was given full-protocol treatment by Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party authorities, who make no secret of pursuing independence in their party platform. Such a visit has openly broken America’s commitment not to develop official relations with Taiwan.



That position is disputed. Yesterday Nato secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, said that China has no reason to overreact, as “the US and other Nato allies have paid visits with high-ranking officials to Taiwan regularly over the years.”

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China’s government has announced sanctions against Nancy Pelosi and her direct relatives in response to “vicious and provocative actions” by going to Taiwan, state media has said.


According to CGTN, Pelosi …



… insisted on going to Taiwan in disregard of China’s serious concerns and firm 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 the peace and stability of the Taiwan strait. In response to Pelosi’s vicious and provocative actions, China has decided to impose sanctions on Pelosi and her immediate family in accordance with the relevant laws of the People’s Republic of China.



China has not yet specified the sanctions in public.

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US secretary of state Antony Blinken has warned again that China’s “provocative” actions risk a serious escalation and could destabilise the region.


Speaking at a news conference on the sidelines of the Asean regional forum meeting, Blinken told the media that the US has repeatedly told China that it did not seek a crisis. Blinken said that Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan was peaceful, and that “there was no possible justification for what they have done” in response.


The secretary of state said that the US would stick by its allies in the region.