China sanctions Pelosi, ends cooperation with US on multiple fronts

BEIJING: Responding to the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi’s egregious provocation, China has decided to adopt sanctions on Pelosi and her immediate family members in accordance with relevant laws of the People’s Republic of China, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson announced Friday.

In disregard of China’s grave concerns and firm opposition, Pelosi insisted on visiting Taiwan, which constitutes a gross interference in China’s internal affairs, said the spokesperson.

“It gravely undermines China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, seriously tramples on the one-China principle, and severely threatens peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait,” the spokesperson added.

The international community should realize the severity of Pelosi’s visit: Wang Yi

The international community should be aware of the severity and harm of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan region, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Thursday.

Wang made the remarks during a meeting with Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers’ meeting.

Both sides held an in-depth conversation on the Taiwan question. Wang elaborated on the history and facts of the Taiwan question, stressing that the responsibility for the current tense situation in the Taiwan Straits lies entirely with the U.S. side and that China’s response is legitimate and necessary.

Balakrishnan said Singapore firmly supports the one-China policy and is opposed to “Taiwan Independence.” He emphasized the need to avoid miscalculation and accidents, and stressed the need for stable U.S.-China relations, which are vital for the regional peace and security.

China announces countermeasures 

The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Friday announced countermeasures in response to U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the Taiwan region.

The measures include:

– Canceling China-U.S. Theater Commanders Talk.

– Canceling China-U.S. Defense Policy Coordination Talks (DPCT).

– Canceling China-U.S. Military Maritime Consultative Agreement (MMCA) meetings.

– Suspending China-U.S. cooperation on the repatriation of illegal immigrants.

– Suspending China-U.S. cooperation on legal assistance in criminal matters.

– Suspending China-U.S. cooperation against transnational crimes.

– Suspending China-U.S. counternarcotics cooperation.

– Suspending China-U.S. talks on climate change.

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