By Choekyi Lhamo
DHARAMSHALA, Aug 6: In retaliation to the US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s recent visit to Taiwan, Chinese state mouthpiece Global Times on Friday said that the Chinese government has announced eight countermeasures for the “highly provocative visit to the island of Taiwan”.
“In disregard of China’s grave concerns and firm opposition, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi insisted on visiting China’s Taiwan region. This constitutes a gross interference in China’s internal affairs. 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,” a ministry spokesperson said in a statement. The statement however, did not specify the nature of the sanctions.
Beijing announced the unspecified sanctions on Nancy Pelosi and her immediate family members due to her visit to the island nation. The sanctions will reportedly halt cooperation with the US on eight specific measures, including climate change, military, anti-drug work, talks on cross-border crime prevention and on sending back undocumented migrants.
“We have said from the start that our representation here is not about changing the status quo in Taiwan or the region. The Chinese government is not pleased that our friendship with Taiwan is a strong one,” Speaker Pelosi told a news conference during the visit. “It is bipartisan in the House and in the Senate, overwhelming support for peace and the status quo in Taiwan,” she further added.
During her visit, she met with rights activists, former political prisoners and members from the Uyghur and Tibetan communities. During the symbolic meeting at the National Human Rights Museum, Pelosi contrasted the dark era of Taiwanese history and the democratic island’s willingness to address its past with the Chinese Communist Party’s suppression of such narratives. “Our delegation visited the National Human Rights Museum with ex-political prisoners: a tribute to the heroes who suffered and fought for Taiwan’s democracy,” Pelosi tweeted.
The rights forum also included the Dalai Lama’s representative in Taiwan, Kelsang Gyaltsen, and Director of the Taiwan Coalition for Human Rights in China, Yang Xianhong. Representative Gyaltsen told RFA that he informed Pelosi about the worsening human rights situation in Tibet and how CCP’s totalitarian dictatorship is getting more extreme.
The Taiwanese Defence Ministry also said that China on Friday sent military ships and fighter jets across the Taiwan Strait, crossing an unofficial buffer zone between China and Taiwan, which hadn’t been violated for decades.