Aug 05, 2022 15:15 UTC
  •  China suspends cooperation with US on several issues, sanctions Pelosi over Taiwan visit

China is set to end cooperation with the US on several key issues including climate change, anti-drug efforts, and military dialogue, as the two sides engage in a war of words over Chinese Taipei.

In a statement released on Friday, China’s Foreign Ministry announced that it is also halting cooperation with the US on the prevention of cross-border crime and on repatriating illegal migrants, among eight specific measures.

The strong blow comes on the heels of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s widely criticized visit to self-ruled Taiwan despite china’s increasing warnings.

Soon after Pelosi left Japan on the final leg of her Asian tour, China also canceled a planned bilateral meeting on a maritime military security mechanism.

Meanwhile, Beijing has separately announced that it would personally sanction Pelosi and her immediate family in response to her “vicious” and “provocative” actions.

The Foreign Ministry said Pelosi was “seriously interfering in China’s internal affairs and seriously undermining China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity” with the visit.

Relations between Washington and Beijing have hit a new low over the self-ruled island. China sees Taiwan as part of its territory and has already warned Washington against playing with fire, vowing to punish those who ignore Beijing’s warnings.