China Sanctions US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Over Taiwan Visit: Report

China Sanctions US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Over Visit to Taiwan: Report

Nancy Pelosi said today the United States “will not allow” China to isolate Taiwan. (File)


China’s Foreign Ministry on Friday announced sanctions against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after her visit to Taiwan this week sparked anger and demonstrations of military violence from Beijing.

The ministry said Pelosi was “seriously interfering in China’s internal affairs and seriously undermining China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity” with the visit, and that Pelosi would “impose sanctions on Pelosi and her immediate family,” without providing further details.

In recent years, China has imposed sanctions against a number of US officials for acting against what it considers to be its core interests and for speaking out on human rights issues in Hong Kong and the northwestern region of Xinjiang, often without specifying punitive measures.

In March of this year, Beijing said it was imposing visa restrictions on a secret list of US officials who had allegedly “made up lies about human rights issues involving China”.

Former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, as well as Peter Navarro — a trade adviser to former President Donald Trump — were among those hit by previous waves of sanctions and banned from entering China and doing business with Chinese entities.

The ruling Communist Party of Beijing considers self-ruled, democratic Taiwan part of its territory and has vowed to one day take it, by force if necessary.

The Chinese government has responded with bombastic threats and military exercises in the run-up to and after Pelosi’s visit, which it sees as an unacceptable escalation of ties between Washington and Taiwan’s current pro-independence leaders.

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