China announces sanctions against Pelosi after visit to Taiwan

Beijing, China.- China announced on Friday that it will impose sanctions against the speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, and her family after her visit to Taiwan this week, which sparked the ire of Beijing and extensive military exercises.

“With that visit, Pelosi seriously interfered in China’s internal affairs and seriously undermined its sovereignty and territorial integrity,” for which “sanctions” will be imposed against the legislator and “her immediate family,” the Chinese Foreign Ministry said. without giving more details.

China has imposed sanctions against several US officials in recent years for having acted, in its opinion, against its interests and for having spoken out on human rights in relation to Hong Kong and the Xinjiang (northwest) region, sometimes without specifying the nature of these measures.

In March, Beijing placed visa restrictions on an unpublished list of US officials who allegedly “made up lies about human rights issues involving China.”

Former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Peter Navarro, who was a trade adviser to former President Donald Trump, were sanctioned at the time with a ban on entering China or doing business with Chinese companies.

China, which considers Taiwan as part of its territory, began on Thursday, in response to Pelosi’s visit, the most important military exercises in decades around the island, which will conclude on Sunday.

As of Friday, more than 100 aircraft and 10 warships have participated in its live-fire military exercises around Taiwan in the past two days.

This morning, “multiple groups of aircraft and combat ships conducted exercises around the Taiwan Strait and crossed the middle line of the strait,” the Taiwanese Defense Ministry said.

“This Chinese military exercise, be it by launching ballistic missiles or crossing the middle line of the strait, is a highly provocative act,” he added.

The midline is an unofficial but generally accepted coordinate midway between the coasts of mainland China and those of Taiwan.

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