China to impose sanctions against Pelosi

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China will impose sanctions on US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her close relatives in connection with her “provocative” visit to Taiwan, the Chinese foreign ministry said on Friday.

The US official Pelosi dealt a serious blow to the One-China principle, jeopardizing peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, the ministry said in a statement.

“Based on the relevant legislation of China, the Chinese side has decided to impose sanctions on Pelosi and her close relatives following her provocative actions,” the statement read.

China has also decided to pause climate change talks with the United States, cooperation on the repatriation of illegal immigrants, criminal and legal assistance, and fight against transnational crime and drug trafficking, the ministry said.

On Tuesday, Pelosi visited Taipei while on an Asia tour despite warnings from China, which considers Taiwan part of its territory and opposes any direct official foreign contacts with the island. She is the highest-ranking US official to visit Taiwan in 25 years.

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