White House condemns China for 'fundamentally irresponsible' move to close communications with US on climate

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The White House condemned China for closing down engagement with the United States on a range of “critical issues,” including climate, calling the move “fundamentally irresponsible,” and one that punishes not just America but “the whole world.” 

China has suspended all planned discussions with the U.S. on key international issues as retaliation against the U.S. congressional delegation’s visit to Taiwan. 

Beijing on Friday made the announcement that the Chinese Communist Party was canceling all discussions of climate change, drug networks and military action. 

China attributed the decision to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s congressional delegation and their trip to Taiwan. 

White House National Security Council coordinator for strategic communications John Kirby stressed the importance of open lines of communication between the United States and China.

John Kirby, National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications, takes part in White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre’s press briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., August 1, 2022. REUTERS/Leah Millis (REUTERS/Leah Millis)

“I’m sure you will see the announcements by China today that they are closing down engagement with the United States on a range of critical issues to include climate change … we believe that this is fundamentally irresponsible,”

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