China has imposed sanctions on Taiwan figures to punish the US, the island.

BEIJING (AP) — China imposed visa bans and other restrictions on Taiwanese political figures Tuesday as it ramps up pressure on the autonomous island and the United States in response to successive congressional visits.

The sanctions come a day after China announced more military exercises in the seas and skies around Taiwan in what it called “collusion and provocation between the US and Taiwan”. There is no word on the timing and scale of the Chinese exercises.

His announcement came on the same day that a US congressional delegation met with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, and after a similar visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the first US administration to visit Taiwan in 25 years. is the highest member of The Chinese government objects to any formal Taiwan contact with foreign governments because it considers Taiwan its territory, and its recent coup has underscored the threat of taking over the island by military force.

Pelosi’s visit follows nearly two weeks of threatening Chinese military exercises that have included missile launches on the island and incursions by naval vessels and warplanes into the center line of the Taiwan Strait, which has long been a buffer between the two sides. has happened

In Washington, US State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters that China had reacted with an “outrageous and completely unnecessary response” to a congressional delegation that visited Taiwan earlier this month.

Among the targets of China’s latest sanctions are Bi Khim Hsiao, Taiwan’s de facto ambassador to the United States, and activists along with lawmakers Kir Chien-ming, Ko Li-siung, Tsai Chi-chang, Chen Jiao-hua and Wang Ting-yu. Lin Fei-fan.

According to the ruling Communist Party’s Taiwan Work Office, they will be barred from traveling to mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau, and from having financial or personal relationships with people and institutions on the mainland.

China’s state-run Xinhua news agency said the measures were designed to “fully punish” what it considered “hard-line elements” who support Taiwan independence.

Xinhua said Prime Minister Su Sengchang, Legislature Leader Yu Qin and Foreign Minister Joseph Wu are already on China’s sanctions list and will face further sanctions.

China exercises no legal authority over Taiwan and it is unclear what effect the sanctions will have. China has denied all contact with Taiwan’s government since shortly after the 2016 election, which was overwhelmingly re-elected in 2020.

Taiwan’s foreign ministry praised the recent congressional visit, tweeting that “authoritarian #China cannot dictate how #Taiwan builds democratic #Taiwan friends, wins support, remains flexible and shines a light on independence.” It shines.”

Tsai’s pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party also controls the legislature, and the majority of Taiwanese favor maintaining the status quo of de facto independence amid strong economic and social ties between the parties.

China accuses the US of encouraging the island’s independence through arms sales and engagements between US politicians and the island’s government. Washington says it does not support independence, has no formal diplomatic ties with the island and maintains that the two sides must resolve their dispute peacefully – but it is legally bound to do so. So that the island can defend itself against any attack.

Taiwan has put its military on alert, but has not retaliated against the Chinese moves. This is reflected in the quiet and widespread ambivalence among the public, who have lived under the threat of a Chinese invasion for more than seven decades.

Taiwan’s defense ministry announced that air force and surface-to-air missile drills will be held over the weekend.

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