Beijing halts high-level military dialogue with US, suspends other cooperation

BEIJING: China announced on Friday (Aug 5) that it was halting cooperation with the United States in a number of areas, including dialogue between senior-level military commanders, in retaliation for the visit this week to Taiwan by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

China’s foreign ministry also said in a statement that it was halting climate talks with the United States, citing Pelosi’s “disregard of China’s strong opposition and stern representations” on the Taiwan visit.

It will also suspend cooperation with Washington on repatriating illegal migrants, judicial assistance and transnational crime, as well as anti-drug action.

China views self-ruled, democratic Taiwan as part of its territory and has vowed to one day take it, by force if necessary.

Beijing reacted with threats and military drills in the lead-up to and aftermath of Pelosi’s visit, which it sees as an unacceptable escalation of ties between Washington and Taiwan’s current leaders.