China imposes sanctions on Speaker Pelosi, family members over Taiwan visit

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The Chinese authorities on Friday announced sanctions on the speaker of the US house of representatives, Nancy Pelosi in response to her visit to Taiwan.

Also affected by the sanctions are the immediate family members of the speaker.

Recall that Pelosi landed on the disputed independent island country on Tuesday, August 2.

The visit was the first highest-ranking American politician had done in 25 years.

The trip which the US described as an “egregious provocation” was undertaken despite a previous warning issued by China against the visit.

Chinese President Xi Jinping had reportedly told US President Joe Biden before the visit that “whoever plays with fire will get burned.”

Although the island is an independent country, China considers Taiwan part of its territory and frowns against diplomatic visits to the island.

Announcing the sanctions in a statement on Friday, the Chinese foreign ministry said Pelosi’s visit constitutes a gross interference in China’s internal affairs.

“In disregard of China’s grave concerns and firm opposition, Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi insisted on visiting China’s Taiwan region. This constitutes a gross interference in China’s internal affairs. It gravely undermines China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, seriously tramples on the one-China principle, and severely threatens peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.

 “In response to Pelosi’s egregious provocation, China decides to adopt sanctions on Pelosi and her immediate family members in accordance with relevant laws of the People’s Republic of China,” a ministry spokesperson said in a statement.

The statement did not include specific details about the nature of the sanctions.

During the trip, which was part of a broader diplomatic journey through Asia, Pelosi said Taiwan is an emblem of democracy and a model for the region.

As a reaction to Pelosi’s visit, China flew several warplanes, including fighter jets, across Taiwan’s air defence identification zone, announced military drills around Taiwan, and reportedly imposed import bans on thousands of Taiwanese goods.

In another show of Beijing’s ire over Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, China’s military has been conducting its largest-ever military drills near the island.

Taiwanese Defense officials have said the exercises are “highly provocative” and added that they are monitoring moves.

With agency reports

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