An angry China summoned US Ambassador Nicholas Burns late on Tuesday to lodge a “strong protest” over US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, which Beijing claims is its own democracy.
Burns was summoned to China’s Foreign Ministry by Deputy Foreign Minister Xi Feng shortly after Pelosi’s plane landed in Taipei and as tensions rose between Beijing and Washington over the visit.
The official news agency Xinhua announced that Burns had been summoned on Wednesday morning.
Burns was “urgently summoned” even as the People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) Eastern Theater Command began a series of joint military operations around Taiwan from Tuesday night, China’s biggest show of military might in recent years.
The PLA launched joint training exercises in the maritime areas of the island’s northwest, southwest, and southeast coasts and in their airspace, conducted long-range live-fire drills in the Taiwan Strait, and conducted conventional missile tests in the waters off the east coast. On the island, China’s Ministry of Defense announced late Tuesday, expressing its strong opposition to Pelosi’s visit.
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At the Foreign Ministry, Minister Xi added to China’s coordinated response.
“Pelosi faces universal condemnation for deliberately inciting and playing with fire, which is a serious violation of the one-China principle and the three China-US joint communications,” China’s official news agency Xinhua said in a report. Wednesday morning.
“This move is extremely extraordinary in nature and the consequences are very serious. China will not sit idly by,” Xi noted.
“It (US) has deleted key expressions from the US State Department website that Taiwan is part of China, called Taiwan its ‘Indo-Pacific strategy’, openly renewed its relationship with Taiwan and increased arms sales to the region and supported separatist activities for ‘Taiwan independence’,” Xi said.
Using strong rhetoric, Xi said: “Taiwan is China’s Taiwan, and Taiwan will finally return to the motherland’s embrace. The Chinese people are not afraid of the devil, pressure and evil.
Beijing announced a series of economic and trade measures against Taiwan on Wednesday, suspending imports of citrus fruits, chilled white-striped hairtail – a widely popular fish in China – and frozen horse mackerel from Taiwan from August 3, Chinese customs said on Wednesday. .
“Citrus fruits including grapefruit, lemons and oranges, as well as chilled bighead hair and frozen horse mackerel from Taiwan will be suspended in accordance with relevant mainland regulations and food safety requirements,” said spokesman Ma Xiaoguang. For the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council.
China will stop exporting natural sand to Taiwan from August 3, Ma said.
Ma announced targeted sanctions against Taiwanese companies that would ban mainland firms, enterprises or individuals from any transactions or cooperation with Speedtech Energy, HighWeb Technology, Skyla, SkyIce GPS Technology and other enterprises.
Ma said these companies have donated money to foundations such as the “Taiwan Foundation for Democracy” and the “International Cooperation and Development Fund”, which Beijing accuses of promoting “Taiwan independence”.