China is halting cooperation with the United States in a number of areas, including dialogue between senior-level military commanders and climate talks, in retaliation for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan.

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    China has paused cooperation with the US in a number of areas including climate change, crime and drug trafficking, as well as senior-level military talks

    Beijing announced it would personally sanction Ms Pelosi and her immediate family in response to her Taiwan visit

  • Taiwan says 68 Chinese military aircraft and 13 navy ships had conducted missions in the Taiwan Strait

China's Foreign Ministry also said it was suspending cooperation with Washington on the prevention of cross-border crime and drug trafficking, and on repatriating illegal migrants, among eight specific measures.

In a statement released soon after Ms Pelosi left Japan on the final leg of her Asian tour, China also cancelled a planned bilateral meeting on a maritime military security mechanism.

Beijing separately announced that it would personally sanction Ms Pelosi and her immediate family in response to her “vicious” and “provocative” actions.

“Despite China's serious concerns and firm 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,” a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said in a statement.

Enraged after Ms Pelosi became the highest-level US visitor in 25 years to the self-governed island that Beijing regards as its sovereign territory, China launched military drills in the seas and skies around Taiwan on Thursday.

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China halts military and climate ties with the US over Pelosi's Taiwan visit

People gathered to watch China's missiles fly overhead.

No cause for extreme military response

The live-fire drills, the largest ever conducted by China in the Taiwan Strait, are scheduled to continue until noon on Sunday.

Taiwan's Defence Ministry said on Friday it scrambled jets to warn away Chinese aircraft that it said entered the island's air defence zone, some of which crossed the Taiwan Strait median line, an unofficial buffer separating the two sides.

The ministry said a total of 68 Chinese military aircraft and 13 navy ships had conducted missions in the strait.

China's Eastern Theatre Command of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) said in a statement that its military conducted air and sea drills to the north, south-west and east of Taiwan on Friday “to test the troops' joint combat capabilities”.

China halts military and climate ties with the US over Pelosi's Taiwan visit

Antony Blinken said the US would not take action to provoke a crisis with China.(AP: Andrew Harnik)

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Washington had repeatedly made clear to Beijing it did not seek a crisis over Ms Pelosi's visit to Taiwan, which took place on Wednesday.

“There is no justification for this extreme, disproportionate and escalatory military response,” he told a news conference on the sidelines of ASEAN regional meetings in Cambodia, adding, “now, they've taken dangerous acts to a new level”.

Mr Blinken emphasised that the United States would not take action to provoke a crisis, but it would continue to support regional allies and conduct standard air and maritime transit through the Taiwan Strait.

“We will fly, sail and operate wherever international law allows,” he said.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told a media briefing after the ASEAN meetings: “I heard that US Secretary of State Blinken held his news conference and spread some misinformation and was not speaking truthfully.”

“We wish to issue a warning to the United States: do not act rashly, do not create a greater crisis,” Mr Wang said.

China halts military and climate ties with the US over Pelosi's Taiwan visit

Nancy Pelosi met with Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida before returning to Washington.(Reuters: Kyodo News)

Pelosi wraps up controversial Asia tour

Speaking in Japan before she set off to Washington, Ms Pelosi said her trip to Asia was never about changing the regional status quo.

“We have said from the start that our representation here is not about changing the status quo in Taiwan or the region,” she told a news conference after meeting Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

The White House summoned Chinese ambassador Qin Gang on Thursday to condemn escalating actions against Taiwan, the Washington Post reported.

Representatives for the State Department did not immediately reply to a request for comment on China's halting of talks or the report that Washington had summoned Beijing's ambassador.

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