Beijing Bites Back after Pelosi’s Taiwan Visit

For weeks leading up to Nancy Pelosi’s recent visit to Taiwan, China was howling.  You see, they don’t recognize Taiwan as an independent nation, and having the US Speaker of the House visit undermines that erroneous-but-strongly-enforced claim.

So now, in retaliation, Beijing is turning bombastic.

China has announced sanctions against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and her family, following her visit to Taiwan which China strongly condemned.

China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson announced the sanctions on Friday, calling Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan an “egregious provocation” and a “gross interference” into the country’s internal affairs.

The statement was stern.

“In disregard of China’s grave concerns and firm opposition, Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi insisted on visiting China’s Taiwan region. This constitutes a gross interference in China’s internal affairs,” the spokesperson said. “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.”

China has also sent a number of ballistic missiles over the island nation in response to the diplomatic visit, leading many US authorities to wonder if a full-scale military invasion of Taiwan may be looming just around the corner.