China announced this Friday a series of sanctions in protests the trip that the president of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi,He did Wednesday to Taiwan. Among the measures, the Chinese Department of Foreign Affairs has announced the suspension of cooperation in judicial matters, in talks on the fight against climate change and in some aspects of security mechanisms, such as the repatriation of children. n of illegal immigrants or in criminal judicial assistance in the fight against transnational crimes.
In addition, the Asian country has announced that it has decided to sanctionto US politics and his immediate family in response to his “vicious” and “provocative” actions, the ministry said in a statement. “Despite China's serious concerns and strong opposition, Pelosi insisted on visiting Taiwan, seriously interfering in China's internal affairs, undermining China's sovereignty and territorial integrity >, trampling on the one-China policy and threatening the peace and stability of the Taiwan Strait”.
In Washington they have accused China ofreacting “overreacting”< /strong>to Pelosi's visit and has warned that his aircraft carrier “USS Reagan” will continue keeping an eye on the surroundings of Taiwan. Likewise, the North American country has announced the postponement of an intercontinental missile test “to avoid further escalation of tensions,” according to White House spokesman John Kirby.
The Secretary of US State, Antony Blinken He has stated that there is “no justification” for the exercises launched by Beijing in response to Pelosi's visit and believes that the military exercises so close to Taiwan are “a significant escalation.”
In turn, Pelosi has assured in Tokyo, the final stop of her Asian tour, that the United States “will not allow” China isolate Taiwan. “They may try to prevent Taiwan from visiting or participating in other places, but they will not isolate Taiwan by preventing us from traveling there,” he said.
Tensions Rise in Taiwan
In the last hours Taiwan He has denounced that Chinese military planes and ships have crossed the dividing line in the strait and has accused his “evil neighbor” for the military maneuvers near the island, also condemned by the United States and other Western allies. “Multiple groups of aircraft and combat ships conducted exercises around the Taiwan Strait and crossed the median line of the strait,” the Taiwanese Ministry of Defense explained. “This Chinese military exercise, whether by launching ballistic missiles or crossing the median line, is a highly provocative act,” he added.
According to the state press in Beijing, Chinese ballistic missiles have flown over Taiwan as part of the large military exercises carried out in response to the visit to Taipei by the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi. However, Beijing has not formally confirmed whether its missiles flew over the island and Taipei has refused to comment on the trajectory of the projectiles.
Despite warnings from Beijing, who sees Taiwan as part of her territory, Pelosi made a lightning visit to Taipei on Tuesday, in which she assured that the United States “will not abandon” to the autonomous island. In response, the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) declared Japan has set up several no-go zones around Taiwan, including some of the world's busiest trade routes, to carry out its military exercises.
Japan demands “an immediate cease”
Japan indicated this Thursday that Five missiles had fallen into its exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and that four of them could have flown over the island of Taiwan. For this reason, he has called for an “immediate cessation” of China's maneuvers. Japanese Prime Minister, Fumio Kishida , has condemned the shooting and missiles, which he has described as “a serious problem that impacts our national security and that of our citizens.”
According to Shi Yi,According to a spokesman for the Chinese military, the maneuvers they are carrying out from Beijing include “conventional missile fire” towards the waters off the eastern coast of Taiwan.
For his part, and in response to the increase in exercises by China, the Taiwanese Prime Minister, Su Tseng-chang, has asked its allies to press to reduce the tension of the situation. “We did not expect that the evil neighbor next door would show his might on our doorsteps and arbitrarily endanger the world's busiest shipping lanes with his military exercises,” he told reporters.
The exercises that are What China is doing near Taiwan is taking place on some of the busiest sea lanes on the planet, transporting essential electronics from factories in Southeast Asia to the United States. world markets.
The Taiwan Maritime and Port Office has issued warnings for ships that circulate in this area and several international airlines have pointed out to the AFP that they would divert their flights to avoid the island's airspace.
“The closure of these transportation routes – even temporarily – has consequences not only for Taiwan, but for trade flows linked to Japan and South Korea,” said Nick Marro,< /strong> Senior World Trade Analyst at the Economist Intelligence Unit.
The hypothesis of an invasion of Taiwan, with 23 million inhabitants, is unlikely . But, since the election in 2016 of the current president, Tsai Ing-wen, the threats to carry it out have increased. Tsai, who belongs to an independence party unlike the previous government, refuses to recognize that the island and the mainland are part of “the same China.”
In recent years, the Visits to Taipei by foreign officials and legislators have multiplied, which has increased Beijing's outrage. In response, China has sought to isolate Taiwan diplomatically and has increased military pressure against the island.