Last update: August 06, 2022, 07:45 IST
China-Taiwan News Live Updates: China announced it was halting communications with the US in several areas, including theater-level military commanders and climate change, angered by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. China’s foreign ministry said it was suspending exchanges with Washington to curb cross-border crime and drug trafficking, all moves Washington called “irresponsible”.
An angry China launched military drills in the sea and air around Taiwan on Thursday when Pelosi became the highest-level US visitor to the self-ruled island in 25 years. Live-fire drills conducted by China in the Taiwan Strait will continue until Sunday afternoon.
Here are the latest updates on the story:
– Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that there is only one China in the world and Taiwan is an inalienable part of China’s territory. Wang Yi added that it is a complete “rumor and slander” that the US has said that China has changed its position in the Taiwan Strait.
– China has announced four days of military exercises in six designated zones around Taiwan in an angry reaction to Pelosi’s visit to Taipei. The Eastern Theater Command of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA), which oversees Taiwan, continued joint combat exercises and training in the northern, southwestern and eastern waters and air areas of Taiwan Island on Friday.
– Taipei’s military said 68 Chinese fighter jets and 13 warships crossed the “central line” that runs down the Taiwan Strait during military drills by Beijing’s military on Friday.
– India has expressed its concern to China over some incidents of Chinese fighter jets flying near the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh. He said these concerns were raised during a special round of military talks on August 2. The Indian delegation strongly pressed for the avoidance of flight activity within 10 km of the LAC on both sides, sources said.
– The United States on Friday slammed China for reducing bilateral cooperation in several key areas, saying Beijing could ease tensions over Taiwan by ending its “provocative” military exercises. National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said China’s decision to halt engagement on climate change and other issues was “fundamentally irresponsible”.
– United Nations chief Antonio Guterres believes it is impossible to tackle the world’s biggest challenges without cooperation from the United States and China, his spokesman said Friday, as relations between the two superpowers soured over Taiwan.
– The White House summoned China’s ambassador to Washington to protest Beijing’s “irresponsible” behavior toward Taiwan, a senior US official said Friday.
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