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White House summons Chinese ambassador for rebuke on Taiwan response

China's show of force against Taiwan included firing missiles into the sea and threatening the island’s territorial waters. The White House also reiterated to Qin that it wanted to keep all lines of communication open. The meeting, which has not been previously reported, was between Kurt Campbell, deputy assistant to President Biden and China's ambassador for the Indo-Pacific, and Qin, a White House official said. China's military actions Thursday increased tensions in the Taiwan Strait to the highest level in decades, raising fears of a dangerous miscalculation in one of the world's most charged geopolitical flash points. Beijing has openly voiced its anger over House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan, which it considers part of its territory awaiting unification, and U.S.-China relations were already strained because of disputes over trade

China has sought for years to diplomatically isolate Taiwan. The Chinese Communist Party claims the island as its territory, and Chinese leader Xi Jinping has pledged to ‘reunify” Taiwan with China, by force if necessary. Pelosi doubled down on Thursday, saying China would not succeed in bullying the island.