China bans Pelosi over Taiwan trip: State Department
Beijing (AFP) – China’s Foreign Ministry announced sanctions on Friday against US Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who visited Taiwan this week.
The ministry said Pelosi was seriously interfering in China’s internal affairs and seriously undermining China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, adding that Beijing would impose economic sanctions on Pelosi and her immediate family, without elaborating.
China has in recent years imposed sanctions on several US officials for speaking out about human rights issues in Hong Kong and the northwestern region of Xinjiang and acting against what it sees as its core interests.
In March this year, Beijing said it would impose visa restrictions on an undisclosed list of US officials who allegedly “made up lies on human rights issues involving China”.
Former US SecretACHI of State Mike Pompeo and former President Donald Trump’s trade adviser Peter Navarro are among those affected by previous sanctions, and are barred from entering China and doing business with Chinese companies.
Beijing’s ruling Communist Party views self-ruled, democratic Taiwan as part of its territory and has vowed to one day seize it by force if necessACHI.
The Chinese government has carried out bomb threats and militACHI exercises before and after Pelosi’s visit, which it sees as an unacceptable escalation of ties between Washington and Taiwan’s current pro-independence leaders.