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After the visit of Nancy Pelosi, China started military exercises around Taiwan.
China has cut off contact with the US on important issues including military matters and climate.
China claims Taiwan as its territory and opposes its ties with foreign governments.

Manila. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Saturday that China should not hinder talks on important global issues such as the climate crisis. His remarks come at a time when Beijing is angered by the visit of US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan and further strained relations with Washington. Blinken was speaking at an online news conference with his Philippine counterpart after meeting with Philippine President-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and other officials in Manila.

Blinken is the first top-ranked US official to visit the Philippines since taking over as Marcos Jr. on June 30. After Pelosi’s visit, China began military drills off the coast of Taiwan on Thursday and on Friday cut off contact with the US on key issues, including military affairs and climate cooperation. “We should not hinder cooperation on matters of global concern because of differences between our two countries,” Blinken said.

“The other parties are expecting us to continue working on issues that are important to the lives and livelihoods of their people as well as our own,” he said. Blinken cited cooperation on climate change as a key area on which China has lost contact. He said that China’s move is ‘not against America, but against the world’. “The world’s biggest carbon emitter is now refusing to address the climate crisis,” Blinken said. He said that the fall of China’s ballistic missiles in the waters around Taiwan was a dangerous act.

In his brief meeting with Blinken, Marcos Jr. mentioned that he was surprised by developments following Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan this week. Marcos Jr. praised the important relationship between Manila and Washington, which are mutual treaty allies. Blinken reiterated the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty with the Philippines and Washington’s commitment to “working together on common challenges”.

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