China imposes sanctions on US speaker over visit to Taiwan

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China has announced sanctions on Nancy Pelosi, United States house speaker, over her visit to Taiwan.

Pelosi landed on the island on Tuesday, despite a previous warning issued by China against the visit.

“In disregard of China’s grave concerns and firm opposition, Pelosi insisted on visiting China’s Taiwan region.

“This constitutes a gross interference in China’s internal affairs,’’ the ministry statement said.

“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.’’

Pelosi had visited the self-governing democratic island earlier in the week, prompting Beijing to launch air and sea military drills with live fire in the waters off Taiwan.

Chinese President Shi Jiin Ping 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.

 




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