China Halts Military and Climate Cooperation with US, Sanctions Speaker Pelosi

China announced it was halting several cooperation agreements with the United States and imposing sanctions against United States House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in response to the recent Taiwan visit.

“It gravely undermines China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, seriously tramples on the one-China principle, and severely threatens peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait,” said the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

Among the cancelled cooperation agreements were climate talks, military dialogues, and consultation mechanisms on maritime military safety between the countries.

The Chinese foreign ministry, however, did not specify what sanctions would be given to Pelosi.

China has escalated its military presence in and around Taiwan even after Pelosi’s departure.

Taiwan’s defense ministry reported Friday that a large number of warships and planes had crossed the median line.

“PLA dispatched 68 aircraft and 13 vessels until 17:00 (UTC+8) for the activities around Taiwan Strait, part of which had crossed the median line and jeopardized the status quo of the strait,” said the ministry.

In response to the large incursion, Taiwan activated surveillance systems, CAP aircraft, naval vessels, and missile systems while US forces are also on the move throughout the region.

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