They interfered in internal affairs and trampled on the one-China policy. Meanwhile, Chinese military maneuvers continue.
China has decided to impose sanctions on US politician Nancy Pelosi because of her trip to Taiwan. “Despite China’s serious concerns and staunch resistance, Pelosi insisted on visiting Taiwan, seriously interfering in China’s internal affairs, undermining China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, trampling on the one-China policy, and safeguarding cross-strait peace and stability threaten,” said a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing.
The ministry accused the speaker of the US House of Representatives, who is second only to the US president in ranking after the vice president, of having acted “maliciously” and “provocatively”. The sanctions would also apply to their immediate family. Details on the nature of the sanctions were not initially communicated.
China suspends cooperation with the US
In addition, China announced that it would halt talks with the United States on numerous levels. The Foreign Ministry announced that the dialogue between top military representatives on both sides and the bilateral climate talks will be suspended. In addition, cooperation in the fight against cross-border crime and drug trafficking as well as cooperation in the repatriation of migrants who have entered the country illegally will be put on hold. The talks on maritime security are also affected.
Pelosi had previously defended her visit to Taiwan. China cannot isolate Taiwan by preventing US officials from traveling there, Pelosi said. The US politician also visited Taiwan this week as part of her trip to Asia, despite massive threats from China. She saw her visit as a sign of solidarity with the island, which insists on independence and is claimed by China as its own national territory. It was the highest-level US visit to Taiwan in 25 years.
China’s military maneuvers continue
Immediately after Pelosi’s visit, China launched the largest military maneuvers to date in the waters off Taiwan. According to the Taiwanese military, the Chinese military repeatedly crossed the unofficial sea border between China and Taiwan on the second day of its maneuvers. “Several Chinese warplanes and warships” have already crossed the center line in the Taiwan Strait, the Defense Ministry in Taipei said.
Chinese military exercises extend as far as 20 kilometers from the Taiwanese coast. They should last until Sunday. Taiwan’s Prime Minister Su Tseng-chang strongly condemned the maneuvers. The government in Taipei did not expect “that the malicious neighbor would hold a demonstration of power on our doorstep and arbitrarily jeopardize the world’s busiest sea routes with military exercises.” The Taiwan Strait between China and Taiwan is one of the most important shipping routes in the world.
The Taiwan Strait Center Line, which Taipei said China’s armed forces have now crossed several times, is an unofficial but largely respected mid-strait boundary separating China and Taiwan. According to Taipei, China had already crossed the center line 49 times in the past few days, and fighter jets were responsible for 44 times.
US Secretary of State criticizes China
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken accused China of wanting to change the status quo in the Taiwan Straits with missile tests and military exercises. At the meeting of the Southeast Asian international community Asean in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Blinken said there was no justification for the military response to Pelosi’s peaceful visit to Taiwan, as quoted by a Western official, according to Bloomberg news agency.
In a speech after Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Blinken asked the other foreign ministers in the room how they would feel if missiles landed in their economic zones. Blinken said US policy toward Taiwan has not changed, but that China is taking increasingly provocative steps to disrupt the status quo.
China summons European diplomats
Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida expressed concern about the military maneuvers. Five ballistic missiles fired by Chinese forces landed in Japan’s exclusive economic zone. Kishida described the maneuvers as a “serious problem” that threatens regional peace and stability. The firing of rockets must “stop immediately”.
China, in turn, says it has ordered European diplomats into the country to protest criticism of the G7 countries and the EU about the Chinese military maneuvers. The Foreign Ministry said Vice Foreign Minister Deng Li had responded to what he called “shameless interference in China’s internal affairs.”
Military maneuvers affect ship traffic
The massive military exercises also disrupt international shipping on the important trade route. Cargo ships and oil tankers are bypassing Taiwan to avoid a confrontation with the Chinese military, analysts and shipowners confirmed to Reuters news agency. That adds about half a day to the journey time.
“As long as the ships can sail around Taiwan, the disruptions will not noticeably affect trade with Germany,” said Vincent Stamer, trade expert at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW). “On the Shanghai – Hamburg route, bypassing Taiwan only means a detour of around one to two percent. The container ship jam in the North Sea weighs heavier.” There are currently 24 container ships waiting to be cleared in Hamburg or Bremerhaven.