China has announced economic sanctions on US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi following her visit to Taiwan.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi
In a statement, the Chinese foreign ministry said “In disregard of China’s grave concerns and firm opposition, Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi insisted on visiting China’s Taiwan region. 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. 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.”
Chinese Foreign Minister Zhao Lijian
The ministry did not specify what sanctions would be leveled against Pelosi or her family. This comes shortly after Speaker Pelosi called out the Chinese government for trying to isolate Taiwan and control the travel of dignitaries to the self-ruled island. During a visit to Japan, Speaker Pelosi said China “may try to keep Taiwan from visiting or participating in other places, but they will not isolate Taiwan by preventing us from traveling there.”