China has unveiled a number of countermeasures in response to United States House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s provocative Taiwan visit, which analysts said will heighten tensions across the Taiwan Straits and further worsen the deteriorated China-US ties.
The measures include staging military drills near Taiwan, conducting large-scale air and naval activities, punishing organizations related to die-hard “Taiwan independence” elements, and suspending natural sand exports to Taiwan as well as the imports of some farm produce from the island.
Speaking at a regular news conference on Wednesday, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said that all of the countermeasures will be “forceful, effective and resolute” and both the US and “Taiwan independence” forces will feel them gradually and in a sustained way. Shortly after Pelosi’s arrival in Taipei on Tuesday night, Vice-Foreign Minister Xie Feng summoned US Ambassador to China Nicholas Burns to protest the US House speaker’s visit to the island, stressing that the nature of Pelosi’s visit is vicious and the consequences are very grave. Qin Gang, Chinese ambassador to the US, lodged stern representations with and strongly protested to the US on Tuesday over Pelosi’s visit, which he blasted as “reckless and provocative”. China firmly urges the US to stop playing the “Taiwan card” and using Taiwan to contain China, immediately correct its mistake, manage and eliminate the pernicious impact of Pelosi’s visit, and refrain from further dangerous. – China Daily