The US has summoned the China’s Ambassador to the White House in protest at Beijing’s military actions after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan earlier this week.
China launched its largest military drills ever in the area surrounding Taiwan after Ms. Pelosi’s trip to the island, which infuriated Beijing. The planned live-fire exercises were to continue until Sunday.
Beijing US dialogue canceled. The dialogue agenda was climate change, military relations, and anti-drug efforts.
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The White House summoned Chinese ambassador Qin Gang on Thursday, said National Security Council spokesman John Kirby.
The US protest and condemned China’s actions as ‘reckless’ and threatening stability in the Taiwan Strait.
“We also made clear that the United States is prepared for what Beijing chooses to do,” Mr. Kirby said. “We will not seek and do not want a crisis.”
On Thursday, Mr. Kirby told reporters tensions could de-escalate “by just having the Chinese stop these very aggressive military drills and flying missiles in and around the Taiwan Strait.”
China said it imposed sanctions on Ms. Pelosi earlier on Friday and canceled or suspended dialogue with the US on climate change, military relations, and anti-drug efforts.
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The Chinese Foreign Ministry said it would cancel the dialogue between the US and Chinese regional commanders and defense department heads. Along with the talks on maritime safety.
Chinese actions have come in response to Ms. Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. This visit is “disregarding China’s strong opposition and serious reservations,” the ministry said.