China accuses Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan of ‘appalling provocation’ and sanctions her

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Nancy Pelosi in June 2022.

Photo: J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE/AP PHOTO/PICTURE ALLIANCE / Deutsche Welle

It was through a press release from the Foreign Relations Spokesman that it was made known that China imposed sanctions on the speaker of the US House of RepresentativesNancy Pelosi, as well as her immediate family, for the visit she made to Taiwan itself, which was described as an “appalling provocation”.

Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan became a “controversial move” because China sees the island as part of its territorybut local officials object.

China at all times showed its opposition to the official’s visit, however, she made the decision to carry out the trip despite the threats that rained down on her from various quarters. After her departure from the island, the consequences have not been long in coming.

“Ignoring China’s grave concerns and staunch opposition, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi insisted on visiting China’s Taiwan region. This constitutes serious interference in China’s internal affairs. It seriously undermines China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, seriously tramples on the one-China principle, and seriously threatens peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait,” a ministry spokesperson said in a statement.

Nancy Pelosi’s act reached such a level that China made a drastic decision: “In response to Pelosi’s heinous provocation, China decides to adopt sanctions against Pelosi and their immediate family members in accordance with the relevant laws of the People’s Republic of China.”

The notice did not disclose specific details about the sanctions that the American would receive, nor her family.

China’s position is nothing more than a consequence that political analysts warned Pelosi to visit Taiwan, which has been governed independently since 1949 according to the Council on Foreign Relations.

Beyond the sanctions, the tension that has existed between the United States and China for years could escalate in the coming days.

It should be remembered that weeks ago the Chinese leader, Xi Jinping, told President Joe Biden in a phone call that “I will not play with fire” referring to Taiwan.

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