White House summoned Chinese ambassador to condemn provocations
(CNN) The White House summoned China's ambassador on Thursday to condemn China's "irresponsible" military activities near Taiwan as tensions continue to escalate in the region following US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to the island this week.
"After China's actions overnight, we summoned PRC Ambassador Qin Gang to the White House to demarche him about the PRC's provocative actions.
In the days since Pelosi left Taiwan, China has taken multiple bellicose steps, both diplomatically and militarily.
The speaker's visit, he said, was "peaceful" and "there is no justification for this extreme, disproportionate and escalatory military response."
The US maintains close unofficial ties with Taiwan, and is bound by law to provide Taiwan with defensive arms.
But it remains deliberately vague on whether it would defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion, a policy known as "strategic ambiguity."
The US postponed a long planned missile test because of China's angry reaction to Pelosi's trip.
A top official at the Chinese embassy in Washington said Friday that Qin "totally rejected the so-called condemnation" by the White House of China's cross-strait military actions when he was summoned.
Jing reiterated that China views Pelosi's visit to Taiwan as "a serious violation of the One China policy."
He said that they view the trip by the lawmaker as an official US government visit, noting that Pelosi flew on a US government plane.
Using a government plane is standard for congressional delegations, especially for the House speaker who is high in the line of presidential succession.
He argued Pelosi "knows where China's red lines are" but said she "still chose to deliberately provoke and challenge China's position."