China summoned U.S. Ambassador to Beijing Nicholas Burns on Tuesday to rebuke Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi's 'shocking' trip to Taiwan, reported Chinese state media.
Vice Foreign Minister Xie Feng expressed 'strong protest' over Ms Pelosi's visit to the island, which Beijing considers part of its territory, during her meeting with Ambassador Nicholas Burns.
“This move is extremely shocking, and the consequences will be extremely serious,” said Xie, quoted by the official Chinese news agency Xinhua. “China will not remain passive.”
The trip by Ms. Pelosi, the highest elected US official to visit Taiwan in 25 years, has heightened tension between the world's two largest economies, with Beijing viewing the trip as a major provocation.
Mr. Xie warned that the United States “will pay the price for its mistakes” and urged Washington to “immediately correct its mistakes, take practical measures to reverse the negative effects caused by Ms. Pelosi's visit to Taiwan,” reported Xinhua News Agency.
Ms Pelosi landed in Taiwan on Tuesday evening despite a series of warnings from Beijing.
The Chinese military has said it will was placed on “high alert” and would “launch a series of targeted military actions in response” to the visit.
Taiwan's Defense Ministry said more than 21 Chinese military jets entered the island's air defense identification zone on Tuesday, an area larger than the island's territorial airspace and which overlaps with part of China's air defense zone.
There has been no official comment from Washington yet.