China's Foreign Ministry on Friday announced a series of countermeasures in response to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan despite opposition and serious efforts by China, Xinhua reported.
"In response to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's insistence on visiting Taiwan despite strong opposition and […] Chinese statements, the Foreign Ministry announced on 5 of August the following countermeasures«, Says the release published by the agency and cited by RT.
The announced countermeasures include canceling the China-US Theater Commander talks as well as the China-US Defense Policy Coordination talks. (DPCT) and the China-US talks on climate change.
The meetings of the China-US Military Maritime Consultative Agreement are also cancelled. (MMCA).
In addition, China-US cooperation on the repatriation of illegal immigrants, legal assistance in criminal matters, against transnational crimes and in the fight against narcotics is suspended.
This Friday China also announced that impose sanctions against Pelosi.
“A retaliatory attack by China is natural and justified”
Following Pelosi's visit to Taiwan, China began "unprecedented" large-scale military exercises on Thursday that include live-fire drills in the sea and air space of six zones around Taiwan.
The group of seven(G7) and the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, issued a joint statement in which they pointed out that the "threatening actions" undertaken by Beijing, and in particular, military maneuvers with live fire and economic pressure, can lead to "an unnecessary escalation."
The G7 and the EU urged China "not to unilaterally change the 'status quo' in the region by force" and to resolve differences by peaceful means, RT reports.
Meanwhile, the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, considered that the military drills around Taiwan represent a "significant escalation" in the region. The head of US diplomacy stated that "there was no justification" for the start of the maneuvers.
For his part, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Deng Li called the statement by the G7 and the EU a "misrepresentation of the facts", and criticized the diplomats for "openly carrying out political provocations and sending a serious and false signal to the separatist forces of 'Taiwan independence'". In this context, the Chinese Foreign Ministry summoned European diplomats and the Japanese ambassador.
Deng stressed that Pelosi's visit to Taiwan is "a flagrant and serious violation of China's sovereignty and territorial integrity." "In response to the provocation of collusion between the US and Taiwan, a retaliatory attack by China is natural and justified," they stressed from Beijing.