Beijing suspended climate talks with the United States on Friday, as it announced a series of measures in retaliation for US President Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan.
The move marks a setback in the intensification of dialogue on climate change between the world’s two largest economies over the past year, despite a difficult bilateral strategic relationship.
China and the United States, for example, agreed to a deal to cut methane emissions on the sidelines of UN COP26 climate change talks late last year. It is now unclear whether Beijing will continue to honor its part of the deal.
Beijing’s decision was announced on state broadcaster CCTV alongside other security-focused measures, including the cancellation of dialogues between the US and Chinese defense ministries, a move that could increase the risk of a dangerous climb in the Taiwan Strait.
China also announced sanctions against Pelosi and his close family, accusing him of violating China’s sovereignty over Taiwan. It is also carrying out missile tests and other military exercises around Taiwan until Sunday, constituting what Taipei calls a de facto blockade.