Mumbai: China on Friday announced sanctions on US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her immediate family members over her trip to Taiwan. The development comes days after Pelosi landed in Taipei despite several warnings from China, becoming the highest-ranking US politician to visit Taiwan in 25 years.
Notably, Pelosi was the highest-ranking US official to visit the self-governing island in 25 years, whose China struggles with Taiwan over its territory and opposes it having its own engagements with foreign governments, the report said.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry statement reportedly called Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan provocative and said it undermines China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, adding that “sanctions would be imposed on Pelosi and her immediate family but did not say what they would be. Such sanctions are generally mostly symbolic in nature.”
It is important to note that in response to a visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan this week, China sent naval ships and warplanes and launched missiles into the Taiwan Strait, which China considers its territory.
Meanwhile, the report further stated that on the Chinese coast of Taiwan, tourists gathered on Friday to try to catch a glimpse of any military aircraft headed towards the exercise area. Additionally, Taiwan’s defense ministry said Friday morning, China sent military ships and warplanes to the middle of the Taiwan Strait, an informal buffer zone between China and Taiwan for decades, according to an AP report.
In another development, China has previously called on United States Ambassador Nicholas Burns to oppose Pelosi’s visit, while the speaker held a meeting with President Tsai Ing-wen and other public events in Taiwan on Wednesday. Left.
The AP report said Pelosi travelled to South Korea and then to Japan because the two countries host US military bases and could potentially be involved in a conflict involving Taiwan.