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China has suspended all scheduled talks with the United States on important international issues in retaliation for a US congressional delegation’s visit to Taiwan.

Beijing announced on Friday that the Chinese Communist Party will halt all discussions on climate change, drug networks and military action.

China said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s congressional delegation and their trip to the island of Taiwan were responsible for the decision.

“The cancellation also sent a clear signal to the US that the Chinese side will never accept a US that blatantly undermines Sino-US relations without consequences.” US researcher Lü Xiang said: Graduated from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

A fighter jet flies in the direction of Taiwan as seen from the closest scenic spot in mainland China, 68 nautical miles to the island of Taiwan, in Pingtan, Fujian province, southeastern China, Friday, August 5, 2022.
(AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

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Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan He praised Taiwan’s “democratic values” and “autonomy” and assured Taiwanese that the United States would maintain mutual security interests in the region.

Chinese protesters tear up American flags outside the US Consulate General in Hong Kong on Wednesday, August 3, 2022.

Chinese protesters tear up American flags outside the US Consulate General in Hong Kong on Wednesday, August 3, 2022.
(Anthony Kwan/Getty Images)

A Taiwanese Air Force Mirage fighter jet taxis on the runway at the air force base in Hsinchu, Taiwan, Friday, August 5, 2022.

A Taiwanese Air Force Mirage fighter jet taxis on the runway at the air force base in Hsinchu, Taiwan, Friday, August 5, 2022.
(AP Photo/Johnson Lai)

The People’s Republic of China has long claimed sovereignty over Taiwan and the Taiwan Strait, a relatively narrow stretch of water between the island of Taiwan and mainland China. The Chinese military frequently sends planes into the region to test Taiwan’s air defenses.

The United States has no official relationship with Taiwan (also known as the Republic of China) and maintains a “One China” policy that recognizes the People’s Republic of China as its legitimate successor state.

Despite repeated attempts by the White House to quell escalating animosity over Pelosi’s visit, senior Chinese Communist Party officials remain impatient.

The Chinese military launched a missile into waters off eastern Taiwan on Thursday, August 4, 2022. This was in response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to the island.

The Chinese military launched a missile into waters off eastern Taiwan on Thursday, August 4, 2022. This was in response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the island.
(Chinese Army)

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Secretary of State Anthony Brinken tried to smooth the trip by speaking to reporters on Thursday about the recent visit of a congressional delegation to Taiwan.

Prime Minister Brinken met with Prime Minister Hun Sen in Cambodia on Thursday. Chancellor Brinken paused to touch on a relevant topic before the press corps left the conference room to give the leaders a moment of behind-the-scenes discussion.

Singapore's Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan (left) speaks with Secretary of State Antony Brinken during the US Cabinet meeting at the Sokha Hotel in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Thursday, August 4, 2022.

Singapore’s Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan (left) speaks with Secretary of State Antony Brinken during the US Cabinet meeting at the Sokha Hotel in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Thursday, August 4, 2022.
(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Poole)

“I want to talk about the recent activity on Taiwan because I know it’s on a lot of people’s minds,” Blinken said. “The United States remains interested in peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. In particular, we oppose any unilateral efforts to change the status quo through force.”

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