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National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said Friday that the White House summoned Chinese Ambassador Qin Gang on Thursday night amid heightened tensions over House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan.

came as a meeting China suspended All planned discussions with the US on key international issues and live-fire military exercises around Taiwan as a retaliation against the visit.

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“We felt it was important to bring the ambassador in, to clarify our position about his inflammatory actions,” Kirby told reporters. “And as I said in my readout, we condemn military actions.”

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Kirby said: “We also made it clear to the ambassador that Beijing’s actions are of concern not only to us, but to Taiwan and the rest of the world. And clarified that – we wanted to make sure he knew that.” It was also opposed to how much the international community is.

The People’s Republic of China has long claimed sovereignty over Taiwan and the Taiwan Strait, the relatively narrow strip of sea between Taiwan Island and the Chinese mainland. The Chinese military has frequently sent planes to the area to test Taiwan’s air defenses.

The US does not have official relations with Taiwan – also known as the Republic of China – and maintains a “One China” Policy which recognizes the People’s Republic of China as the legitimate successor nation.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan this week, in a visit that angered the Chinese Communist Party but drew support from bipartisan lawmakers in the US

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But the US also has strong trade ties with Taiwan, and US officials often praise the island’s liberal democracy in comparison to the authoritarian government of the Communist Party of China.

A visit to Taiwan by Pelosi, D-California, emphasized those points, and bipartisan US lawmakers supported her visit despite being discouraged from the White House.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said this week, “He has every right to go. And it has been unfair and counterproductive for President Biden and his allies to publicly seek to stop him from doing so.” Is.” “Beijing wants to direct Taiwan’s future to its people and destroy the island’s democracy. And they’re building up the military capability to bring it up. That’s what’s provocative.”

Chinese President Xi Jinping's Communist Party of China condemned the visit to Taiwan by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-California.

Despite resentment from both sides, Kirby said Friday that the White House aims to avoid a direct confrontation with China.

Kirby said the White House has made it clear to the Chinese ambassador that “nothing has changed about America’s one China policy. And we don’t want to see it create a crisis, and neither does it.” There is no justification. Let it happen.”

Kirby also said it was important to keep many lines of communication open between the US and China.

Fox News’ Timothy HJ Nerozi and Anders Hagstrom contributed to this report.