China sanctions United States House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over trip to Taiwan
China then imposed penalties this week on Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the US House of Representatives, and her close family members. According to reports, this was the nation’s response to what its Foreign Ministry called an “egregious provocation.” A few days ago, the US speaker visited Taiwan, which came across as a move that was met with controversy. Taiwan has had its own sovereign government since 1949, but China still views it as part of its own territory. The Council on Foreign Relations stipulated this. China has been vocally opposing Pelosi’s visit to this contentious location for a while now. Pelosi nevertheless continued to move forward with her objectives.
Regarding this situation, a Foreign Ministry official issued a statement. It was noticed how the American officials opposed the trip but disregarded a critical concern from the Chinese officials. They argued that Pelosi’s trip represented a significant incursion into China’s internal affairs. They said that this showed that the country’s sovereignty had been compromised, that the idea of “one China” had been broken, and that Taiwan’s stability was in danger.
The spokesperson added that China’s decision to impose sanctions against Pelosi and her immediate relatives in accordance with Chinese law is the country’s response to this “egregious provocation.” This declaration, however, made no specific mention of the sanctions that were imposed. Regarding Pelosi’s invitation to visit the island, a number of analysts have issued cautionary statements. They explained how it would exacerbate the long-standing problems between the US and China.
China’s Xi Jinping called US President Joe Biden in July and advised him not to “play with fire” in the matter of Taiwan. In a statement, the White House said that its position had not changed and that it was still against “unilateral measures” that would hurt Taiwan’s peaceful situation.
Notably, Pelosi’s travel to Taiwan provoked negative responses from legislators’ groups because of her position. She has visited Taiwan more times than any other US official in the previous 25 years. Pelosi noted that the island is a genuine emblem of democracy during the time of the visit. Taiwan acts as an inspiration for the continent during the trip, which is a part of a larger diplomatic tour of Asia. Pelosi was greeted in Taiwan on her visit by Anonymous hackers who had taken over Chinese official websites.