China Sanctions Pelosi For Taiwan Trip
The Chinese regime is imposing sanctions against US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in retaliation for her defying Beijing by visiting Taiwan.
The sanction targets Pelosi and her direct relatives, a regime’s foreign ministry spokesperson said in a statement on Aug. 5.
“Pelosi insisted on visiting Taiwan in disregard of China’s serious concerns and firm opposition,” read the statement.
The regime blamed Pelosi’s “vicious and provocative actions” by visiting Taiwan, a self-ruled island that Beijing claims as its own territory, to be taken by force if necessary.
Pelosi’s short visit to Taiwan—about 19 hours—drew the wrath of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), which opposed any official exchanges with Taipei that might suggest that the island is a de facto nation-state.
The foreign ministry’s announcement came amid growing international condemnation over the CCP’s action of using Pelosi’s visit as a pretext to unleash a torrent of aggressive and retaliatory military, cyber, and trade moves.
On Friday, Beijing continued its military drills around the region, with aircraft and warships crossing the median line of the Taiwan Strait, an unofficial buffer between the two neighbors. It also came a day after the regime launched 11 ballistic missiles into the waters around Taiwan, five of which Japan said landed in its exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
The regime didn’t specify the sanctions in the brief statement.
But shortly after announcing the sanctions, the regime’s foreign ministry said it would stop cooperation with the United States over a series of issues, including climate change, military, and anti-drug measures, in response to Pelosi’s visit.
Pelosi, who was on the last stop of her Asia tour in Japan on Friday, said the journey in Taipei was not aimed at changing the regional status quo but at maintaining ties with democratic Taiwan under the Taiwan Relations Act and U.S.-China policy.
“To that end, as you see, the Chinese made their strikes, probably using our visit as an excuse,” she told reporters in Tokyo.
China Sanctions Pelosi In Retaliation For Her Taiwan Trip The Epoch Times
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