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China sanctions Pelosi


Restrictions on US House Speaker and her family come in response to her visit to Taiwan

Beijing has decided to sanction Nancy Pelosi and her immediate family for her trip to Taiwan this week, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said on Friday.

The US House Speaker’s trip to Taiwan was a “blatant provocation“and for this reason, “China decides to adopt sanctions against Pelosi and his immediate family members in accordance with applicable lawsof the country, the spokesperson said in a statement.

Pelosi traveled to the self-governing island “in defiance of China’s grave concerns and strong opposition”, the statement read.

His visit”seriously undermines China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, seriously undermines the one-China principle, and seriously threatens peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait“, he added.

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The House Speaker’s husband, Paul Pelosi, who is also 82, owns a San Francisco-based real estate and venture capital investment and advisory firm. They have five children, one of whom, Christine Pelosi, 56, is a Democratic Party strategist. Their youngest daughter, Alexandra, 51, is a filmmaker with more than ten documentaries to her credit.

Pelosi, who is third in line to the US presidency, arrived in Taiwan on Tuesday evening and left the next day, becoming the highest ranking US official to visit the island since 1997.

The Speaker of the House made the trip despite Beijing, which considers Taiwan part of its territory, calling the move “dangerous and provocativeand promising a strong response.

While Pelosi was still in Taipei, Chinese authorities announced the largest-ever military exercise in the Taiwan Strait and imposed trade restrictions on the island.

Military drills and live-fire drills in six sea zones around the island started on Thursday and are expected to continue until Sunday.

Taiwan has been self-governing since 1949, but has never officially declared independence from China. Although it officially recognizes Beijing as the only legitimate authority in China since 1979, the United States maintains strong unofficial ties with the island of 23.5 million people, selling arms to Taipei and supporting its desire for sovereignty. .

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