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China and Russia are too close to feel safe, US says after Putin denounces Pelosi visit to Taiwan

WASHINGTON — The US is concerned about the "rapid relations" between China and Russia after Russian President Vladimir Putin criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan earlier this month, he said. The State Department confirmed Wednesday.

China and Russia top the list of enemies in her 2022 Defense Strategy for the Department of Defense. This strategy presents America'skey military concernsand priorities. Amid mounting tensions over China's claims to the South China Sea and Beijing's threat to Taiwan, the United States is simultaneously deploying nearly 100weapons and military equipmentto repel the Russian invasion that began on February 24. billion dollars to Ukraine.

State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters on Wednesday that Washington was troubled by the "burgeoning security ties" between Moscow and Beijing. 11}  Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) and Russian President Vladimir Putin

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Countries for international order...[ [has] a vision … that is utterly at odds with the foundations of the international system that have been put in place over the 80 years since the end of World War II,” he said.

The day before, President Putin saidthat the United States had made a "deliberate attempt to ignite and stir up trouble in the Asia-Pacific region" by allowing President Pelosi to visit the island nation. August 2.

"The flight of the United States to Taiwan is not just a voyage by irresponsible politicians. It is part of a purposeful and cautious American strategy intended to sow seeds," the Russian leader said in remarks at an international security conference in Moscow. "This is a blatant display of disrespect for other countries and their own international commitments."

President Putin said Pelosi's actions had made the American public It claimed it was an attempt to distract from "imminent socioeconomic problems such as plummeting living standards, unemployment, poverty and deindustrialization."

``They want to shift the blame for their failures onto other countries, namely Russia and China. We are formulating sovereign development policies without submission," he said.

China's foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said on Wednesday that China "highly appreciates" Putin's remarks, adding that "the high-level strategic coordination between China and Russia and "It shows the steadfast support that our two countries have given to each other." Questions about their core interests.

 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Tsai Ing-wen meet in Taiwan August 3, 2022.
Presidential Office of Taiwan/AP

Advised not to make Taiwan. Kurt Campbell, Indo-Pacific coordinator for the National Security Council, said on Friday thatChina would conduct military exercises near Taiwan, launch missiles into the waters around the island, and encircle it. He said he had "overreacted" to the president's visit. dozens of warships.

“[China] took advantage of the visit of the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. It is a pretext to launch an intensified pressure campaign against Taiwan to change the status quo, jeopardizing the peace and stability of the entire Taiwan Strait and the wider region.

On Wednesday, Price said the State Department said China's recent actions had "undermined the status quo" and "strengthened peace and security in the Taiwan Strait." “I think it threatens stability,” he said. The spokesperson added that the agency believes "these tactics will continue over the next few days and weeks."

"What we're seeing now seems to be just the beginning of an intensification of these efforts," Price said. “We have already seen military intimidation tactics increase to unprecedented levels and coercive economic tactics on the rise.”