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China sanctions Pelosi for visit to Taiwan

China has decided to impose sanctions on US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her immediate family in retaliation for her “vicious” and “provocative” actions, the Chinese Foreign Ministry announced today.

“Despite China’s serious concerns and strong objection, Pelosi insisted on visiting Taiwan, strongly interfering in China’s internal affairs, undermining China’s national sovereignty and territorial integrity, violating the principle of one China, and threatening peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait,” a ministry spokesman said in a statement.

Chinese missiles flew over Taiwan during large-scale military drills in response to Pelosi’s visit, Chinese state media reported today.

Pelosi drew the ire of Beijing by traveling to the island, where she spent the night Tuesday into Wednesday. She is the highest-ranking US official to travel to Taiwan in 25 years.

China, which considers Taiwan an integral part of its territory, launched the largest military training exercises in its history around the island in six sectors on Thursday in retaliation.

China’s military and government have yet to officially confirm the missile overflights during the high schools, while Taiwanese authorities also refuse to confirm.


Source: Capital

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