Beijing | China on Friday suspended cooperation with the United States on global warming and other areas, an “irresponsible” decision according to Washington that urged Beijing to end military exercises that began around Taiwan to ease tensions.
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China’s Foreign Ministry said days after top legislator Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan that Beijing would “suspend Sino-US talks on climate change” and cancel talks by military leaders as well as two security meetings.
He criticized the latter for treating China’s opposition to his visit with “disdain”.
China and the United States, the world’s two largest emitters of greenhouse gases, struck a surprising climate deal at the COP26 summit in Glasgow last year.
They pledged to work together to accelerate climate action over the next decade and meet regularly to “address the climate crisis.”
The State Department also said it would suspend cooperation with Washington on the repatriation of illegal immigrants, as well as justice, cross-border crime and counter-narcotics.
A spokesman for the US Executive for National Security Affairs, John Kirby, responded that suspending dialogue on climate change was “fundamentally irresponsible.” “China is not only punishing the United States, it is punishing the whole world,” he added.
For his part, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed his dissatisfaction. For him, his spokesman said, “It is impossible to solve the world’s most pressing problems without effective dialogue and cooperation between the two countries.”
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The United States has also called on China to end its military exercises since Nancy Pelosi’s controversial visit to Taiwan.
“The Chinese can do a lot to reduce tensions by stopping provocative military exercises and calming the tone,” said John Kirby.
The mobilization of warplanes and warships, China’s largest military exercises near Taiwan in response to Pelosi’s trip this week, continued on Friday for the second day in a row, as Taipei lashed out at its ‘malicious neighbor’ for having literally surrounded its maneuvers for three days.
The White House had earlier summoned the Chinese ambassador to Washington, and condemned “the irresponsible Chinese military actions that run counter to our long-standing goal of maintaining peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait,” according to Mr. Kirby.
China’s top diplomat, Wang Yi, responded by accusing the United States of “the habit of creating a problem and then using that problem to achieve its ends.”
The military exercises will continue until noon on Sunday.
Taipei reported that as of 5 pm Friday, 68 Chinese planes and 13 warships had crossed the “middle line” of the Taiwan Strait, which separates the island from the mainland, since the beginning of the day.
The day before, Beijing had already launched dozens of ballistic missiles and deployed its air and naval forces in the six maritime zones selected for exercises across Taiwan, coming as close as 20 kilometers from the coast and disrupting trade routes between the world’s busiest regions. .
State broadcaster CCTV claimed that Chinese missiles flew over Taiwan for the first time. Taipei has not confirmed.
“We never expected our malicious neighbor to flaunt his power on our doorstep, arbitrarily endangering the world’s busiest waterways through his military exercises,” the Taiwanese premier told reporters.
On the Chinese island of Pingtan, not far from the ongoing exercises, AFP journalists saw a fighter plane in the sky at noon on Friday.
Carrying umbrellas to protect themselves from the scorching sun, the tourists tried to take pictures of the device while a Chinese military ship was spotted in the Taiwan Strait.
Japan has expressed an official diplomatic protest against Beijing, arguing that five of the Chinese missiles landed within its exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
In Tokyo, the last leg of her eventful Asian tour, Ms. Pelosi said the United States would “not allow” China to isolate Taiwan, stressing that her trip “was not intended to change the status quo. Here in Asia, to change the status quo. The status quo in Taiwan.” .
Chinese maneuvers are encroaching on some of the busiest shipping lanes on the planet, through which essential electronic equipment is shipped from factories in East Asia to global markets.
Analysts agree that despite these military exercises, Beijing does not want an armed confrontation for the time being.
“The last thing Xi wants is for an accidental war,” Titus Chen, a professor at Taiwan’s National Sun Yat-sen University, told AFP.
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