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China said on Friday it was ending cooperation with the United States on key issues including climate change – a move Washington slammed Taiwan as “fundamentally irresponsible” on relations between the two superpowers. .

The damaging rift, which carries significant geo-strategic risks, was triggered by Chinese fury over US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, which Beijing claims as its territory and to retake by force if necessary. has vowed.

It has surrounded the self-governing, democratic island since Thursday with a series of massive military exercises that have been strongly condemned by the United States and other Western allies.

And on Friday, China’s foreign ministry retaliated further against the United States, suspending talks and cooperation on a range of agreements, including climate change.

The world’s two biggest polluters pledged last year to work together to accelerate climate action this decade and vowed to meet regularly to tackle the crisis.

But in the light of China’s latest move, this deal seems to be shaken now.

“We believe this is fundamentally irresponsible,” National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters in Washington.

Kirby said, “They feel like they’re punishing us…

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that the two superpowers must continue to work together – for the world.

“There is no way for the Secretary-General to solve the world’s most serious problems without effective dialogue and cooperation between the two countries,” his spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, said.

Taiwan’s Premier Su Tseng-chang said the “rogue neighbor Next Door” had surprised everyone with its military drills with its willingness to “arbitrarily endanger the world’s busiest waterways”.

– ‘Our motherland is mighty’ –

Beijing has said its exercises will continue until Sunday afternoon, and Taipei reported that 68 Chinese planes and 13 warships crossed the “middle line” crossing the Taiwan Strait on Friday.

According to AFP journalists at the scene, a fighter plane took off over the Chinese island of Pingtan, prompting tourists to take pictures. A Chinese military ship sailing through the Taiwan Strait was also visible.

The Chinese military said China’s exercises included “conventional missile fire” in waters east of Taiwan.

And state broadcaster CCTV reported that Chinese missiles flew directly over Taiwan – a huge increase if confirmed.

At Pingtan, local tourists proudly praise Beijing’s military against its much smaller neighbor.

“Our motherland is mighty. We are not afraid to go to war with Taiwan, the US or any country in the world,” Liu, a 40-year-old tourist from Zhejiang province, told AFP.

“We look forward to uniting Taiwan soon,” he said. “We don’t want to start a war, but we’re not afraid of others.”

Wang, a business woman, was more optimistic about the prospects for a cross-strait relationship.

“I hope China can unite Taiwan, but I don’t want war,” she said. “I hope this issue can be resolved peacefully.”

– ‘Significant growth’ –

The scale and intensity of China’s exercise has sparked outrage in the United States and other democracies, with the White House summoning China’s ambassador to Washington on Friday to rebuke Beijing’s actions.

“The fact is the speaker’s visit was peaceful,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said after talks with Southeast Asian foreign ministers at the ASEAN summit in Phnom Penh.

“There is no justification for this extreme, disproportionate and aggressive military response,” he said.

China’s foreign minister responded by warning Washington not to escalate tensions.

“The US has a habit of creating a problem and then using this problem to achieve its goals. But this approach will not work with China,” Wang Yi said at a news conference on the sidelines of the summit. .

“We want to issue a warning to America not to act in haste and not to create a major crisis.”

Japan has filed a formal diplomatic complaint against Beijing after five Chinese missiles are believed to have landed in its exclusive economic zone.

On Friday, Japan’s foreign ministry said China has canceled a planned bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the ASEAN summit.

And Australia – which has a turbulent relationship with China, its biggest trading partner – condemned the practice as “irregular and unstable”.

The maneuvers are taking place along some of the world’s busiest shipping routes, which are used to spread global supplies of critical semiconductors and electronic components produced in East Asia.

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