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Pelosi’s Taiwan visit: China announces sanctions against US House Speaker

A photograph of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her team as they reach Taiwan on August 2, 2022 despite warnings from China. [Photo: Twitter/SpeakerPelosi]

China’s foreign ministry announced sanctions against US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday after her visit to Taiwan this week prompted fury and shows of military force from Beijing, AFP reported.

The report, quoting the ministry, said Pelosi was “seriously interfering in China’s internal affairs and seriously undermining China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity” with the visit, and that Beijing would “impose sanctions on Pelosi and her immediate family”, without giving further details.

China has announced sanctions on a number of US officials in recent years for acting against what it views as its core interests and speaking out on human rights issues in Hong Kong and the northwestern region of Xinjiang, often without specifying punitive measures, the report mentioned.

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