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China has suspended all scheduled discussions with the United States on major international issues in retaliation for the visit of a US congressional delegation to Taiwan.
Beijing announced Friday that the Chinese Communist Party has canceled all discussions on climate change, drug networks and military action.
China attributed the decision to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the congressional delegation and their trip to the island of Taiwan.
“The cancellation also sent a clear signal to the United States that the Chinese side will never accept that the United States seriously damages Sino-US relations without incurring any consequences,” said US studies researcher Lu Xiang of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
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Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan He praised Taiwan’s “democratic values” and “autonomy” and assured the Taiwanese that the United States would maintain common security interests in the region.
The People’s Republic of China has long claimed sovereignty over Taiwan and the Taiwan Strait, the relatively narrow strip of ocean between the island of Taiwan and the Chinese mainland. The Chinese military often sent aircraft to the region, to test the Taiwanese air defense zone.
The United States has no formal relations with Taiwan – also known as the Republic of China – and maintains a “one China” policy that recognizes the People’s Republic of China as a legitimate successor state.
The White House has repeatedly tried to calm the mounting hostility surrounding Pelosi’s trip, but top Chinese Communist Party officials remain furious.
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Secretary of State Anthony Blinken spoke to reporters Thursday about the recent congressional delegation to Taiwan, in an effort to calm the visit.
Blinken spoke Thursday in Cambodia with Prime Minister Hun Sen. Before escorting reporters outside the conference room to allow the leaders a moment of closed discussion, Blinken paused to touch upon a related topic.
“I want to talk about the recent activity related to Taiwan because I know it’s on a lot of people’s minds,” Blinken said. “The United States still has a vested interest in peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. We oppose any unilateral efforts to change the status quo, especially by force.”