China Sanctions Nancy Pelosi and Cuts Off US Talks Over Taiwan Visit

China on Friday sanctioned House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and announced a series of retaliatory steps after her visit to Taiwan, CNN reports.

"U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi insisted on visiting Taiwan in disregard of China's serious concerns and firm opposition, seriously interfering in China's internal affairs, seriously undermining China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, seriously trampling on the one-China principle, and seriously threatening the peace and stability across Taiwan Strait," China’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Friday.

"In response to Pelosi's vicious and provocative actions, China has decided to impose sanctions on Pelosi and her immediate family," the statement said.

Pelosi on Wednesday met with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, becoming the top US official to visit the country in 25 years.

China cuts off talks:

China also canceled upcoming calls and meetings between defense leaders and canceled annual naval meetings.

China also said it would stop cooperating with the United States on the repatriation of illegal immigrants, legal assistance on criminal matters and the combat of transnational crimes.

It also suspended anti-drug efforts with the U.S., and said it would suspend climate change talks.

US condemns:

China on Thursday also launched live-fire military drills near Taiwan.

The White House summoned China’s ambassador to the United States on Thursday to condemn the “irresponsible” actions, according to CNN.

“After China’s actions overnight, we summoned [People’s Republic of China] Ambassador Qin Gang to the White House to démarche him about the PRC’s provocative actions,” National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said in a statement provided to The Washington Post. “We condemned the PRC’s military actions, which are irresponsible and at odds with our long-standing goal of maintaining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.”

 

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