China refuses to cooperate with the United States because of a quarrel with Taiwan



China said On Friday, he pulled out of cooperation with the United States on a range of key issues, including climate change, anti-drug efforts and military talks, as relations between the two superpowers soured over the island of Taiwan.

Beijing has reacted furiously to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the island, which he calls his territory, and vowed to regain control, by force if necessary.

Since Thursday, he has surrounded the self-governing Democratic island in a series of massive military exercises that have been strongly condemned by the United States and other Western allies.

And on Friday, his Foreign Office dealt a further blow to the United States by suspending negotiations and cooperation on numerous agreements between the two, including one to combat climate change.

The world’s two biggest polluters pledged last year to work together to accelerate climate change action this decade and pledged to meet regularly to “solve the climate crisis”.

But that deal looks shaky as relations have sunk to one of their lowest levels in years, as have agreements on everything from military talks to drug cooperation.

Pelosi, who was also sanctioned by Beijing for the visit, defended her trip to Taiwan, saying on Friday that Washington would “not allow” China to isolate the island.

Taiwan also condemned Beijing’s furious reaction to the visit, and Prime Minister Su Tseng-chang urged allies to push for de-escalation.

“(We) didn’t expect the evil neighbor next door to show his strength at our door and arbitrarily endanger the world’s busiest waterways with his military exercises,” he told reporters.

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– “Our Motherland is strong” –

Beijing said its military exercises would last until Sunday noon, and Taipei said 68 Chinese aircraft and 13 warships crossed the “median line” along the Taiwan Strait on Friday.

AFP reporters on the Chinese island of Pingtan saw the fighter jet fly overhead, prompting tourists to take photos as it flew along the coast.

They also added that a Chinese warship was sailing through the Taiwan Strait.

According to the Chinese military, the Chinese exercise included “dealing firepower with conventional missiles” in the waters east of Taiwan.

And state broadcaster CCTV reported that Chinese missiles flew right over Taiwan, a major escalation if officially confirmed.

On the Chinese island of Pingtan, local tourists proudly praise their country’s military might against its much smaller neighbor.

“Our Motherland is strong. We are not afraid of war with Taiwan, the US or any other country in the world,” Liu, a 40-year-old tourist from Zhejiang province, told AFP.

“We hope to unify Taiwan soon. We are not afraid of anyone,” he added.

“Our country is strong. We do not want to start a war, but we are not afraid of others.”

– “Significant escalation” –

The ruling Communist Party of China views Taiwan as part of its territory and has vowed to take it one day, by force if necessary.

But the scope and intensity of the exercise has sparked outrage in the United States and other democracies.

“These provocative actions are a serious escalation,” US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said after talks with Southeast Asian foreign ministers in Phnom Penh.

“The fact is that the speaker’s visit was peaceful. There is no justification for this extreme, disproportionate and escalatory military response,” he added.

Japan has filed a formal diplomatic complaint against Beijing as five Chinese missiles are believed to have landed in its exclusive economic zone.

And Australia, which has a difficult relationship with China, its biggest trading partner, denounced the exercises as “disproportionate and destabilizing.”

The maneuvers take place along some of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, used to distribute vital East Asian-made semiconductors and electronic equipment around the world.