China sanctions Pelosi and her family following Taiwan visit

Fox News reports that China has just announced sanctions against both House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and her family.

This comes in response to Pelosi’s recent visit to Taiwan. Pelosi visited Taiwan, ostensibly, as a show of solidarity with Taiwan against China.

China and Taiwan have been at odds for some time now. Taiwan has been trying to remain an individual, sovereign, autonomous country, while China has continuously tried to claim sovereignty over the territory.

China has spoken out against Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan ever since the planned trip was first made public. China considers Pelosi’s trip to be uncalled-for meddling by Pelosi, and thus the U.S. government, in international affairs, and this is why China has responded with sanctions.

The sanctions

The sanctions were announced on Friday by a spokesperson for China’s Foreign Ministry.

“In disregard of China’s grave concerns and firm opposition, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi insisted on visiting China’s Taiwan region,” the spokesperson said. “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,” the spokesperson continued. “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.”

As is often the case with China, though, specific details about the sanctions were not provided. It appears to just be one of those vague threats that China is known for.

The aftermath

Besides sanctioning Pelosi, China has responded to the House Speaker’s Taiwan visit by conducting the largest military drills that it has ever conducted near the island. Taiwan is said to be monitoring the situation.

Pelosi, for her part, went from Taiwan to Tokyo, where she discussed the meaning of her Taiwan visit.

There, Pelosi claimed that the purpose of the trip was not to change “the status quo” but to help with “Taiwan relations and the U.S.-China policy.” Pelosi further insisted that “we will not allow [China] to isolate Taiwan.”

It is not clear to whom Pelosi was referring by using the word “we.” Lawmakers have been split with regard to their opinion on Pelosi’s Taiwan trip.

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