CNN) — Chinese officials announced sanctions against US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi after a visit to Taiwan, which China considers part of its territory.
“US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in defiance of China’s serious concerns and staunch opposition, insists on visiting Taiwan, seriously interfering in China’s internal affairs, seriously undermining China’s sovereignty and integrity. China is seriously trampling on the one-China principle and seriously jeopardizing peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait,” a statement from the Chinese foreign ministry said on Friday.
“In response to Pelosi’s perverse and inflammatory actions, China has decided to impose sanctions on Pelosi and his immediate family,” the statement said.
The statement did not elaborate on those restrictions.
Chinese warships and planes conducted military drills in waters off Taiwan on Friday, the island’s defense ministry said, as tensions escalated in the region following US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit this week to the island.
The ministry said Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) forces crossed the midline, the midpoint between the island and mainland China, calling it a “highly provocative act”.
This line has previously been an informal but widely respected border control between Beijing and Taipei.
The ministry said Taiwan’s military responded to radio warnings and put air patrol forces, naval ships and ground-based missile systems on alert.
On Friday, Taiwan’s Prime Minister Su Tseng-chang said the island stood for “freedom and democracy” and that “the rogue neighbor flexed his muscles at our door and with arbitrary military exercises the most sabotage in the world”. Of” .
The skies and waters around Taiwan have become a focal point as Beijing escalates tensions not only with Taiwan, but also with neighboring Japan, which lodged a formal protest with China after five projectiles landed in the zone. Japan’s Special Economic Zone (EEZ).
The missiles launched by Beijing on Thursday were among some of the missiles, some of which flew over Taiwan, as Pelosi was on her way to Tokyo, where she met with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Friday.
China has previously fired missiles into the waters around Taiwan, a democratic island of 24 million that the Chinese Communist Party considers its territory, even though it never controlled it, especially during the Taiwan Straits Crisis in the 1990s. .
But the missiles flying over the island represented a significant increase, and US officials warned that there may be more to come.