Headline RoundupAugust 6th, 2022

China Terminates Cooperation with US After Pelosi's Taiwan Visit

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China has terminated key communication channels with the U.S. after warning that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's Taiwan trip would be met with "strong countermeasures."

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying on Friday confirmed that China will cut diplomatic ties with the White House on several key fronts, including all future phone calls with U.S. defense leaders as well as cooperation on climate policy, anti-drug measures and intercontinental crime. Chunying also placed sanctions against Pelosi and her immediate family for the "gross interference" in their country’s internal affairs. China has since carried out live-fire military drills near Taiwan to test out its military capabilities.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Saturday said that China took "irresponsible steps" by cutting off contact with the White House, emphasizing that Chinese leaders shouldn't hold talks on key global matters such as the climate crisis as "hostage" because of "differences between our two countries."

Some reports accentuated previous calls from critics who argued that Pelosi's visit could further weaken an "already strained relationship" with China. Other reports noted that Pelosi's actions "drew strong bipartisan backing" from U.S. lawmakers and other democracies alike.

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