China sanctions Nancy Pelosi for ‘provocative’ visit to Taiwan

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China has decided to sanction US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and some of her relatives in response to their “vicious” and “provocative” actions, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Friday. .

“Despite China’s serious concerns and firm opposition, Pelosi insisted on visiting Taiwan, seriously interfering in Chinese internal affairs, undermining China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, trampling on the ‘One China’ policy, and threatening the peace and stability of China. Taiwan Strait,” a ministry spokesman said in a statement.

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On Friday, Pelosi arrived in Japan, whose leaders protested against Beijing after five projectiles landed near the Japanese islands.

The US House Speaker met with Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, with attention focused on the Taiwan Strait, where the Chinese army has expanded its air and maritime exercises.

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Speaking in Tokyo, Pelosi accused China of trying to “isolate Taiwan”, pointing to the island’s exclusion from international groups such as the World Health Organization. “They may try to stop Taiwan from visiting or participating in other places, but they are not going to isolate the island by preventing us from traveling there,” she said.

The US House Speaker added that her visit to Taiwan was to maintain the status quo, not change it.

Kishida added that the Chinese military exercises were “a serious issue regarding the security of our country and its people” and called for the immediate suspension of the exercises. Japan and the US “will work together to maintain stability in the Taiwan Strait,” he said.

Source: CNN Brasil

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