China has imposed sanctions against seven Taiwanese officials accused of supporting the independence of Taiwan, over which Beijing claims sovereignty.
This was reported by China’s official “Xinhua” news agency, citing the Taiwan Affairs Office. Among the seven sanctioned are Hsiao Bi-khim, Taiwan’s de facto ambassador to Washington, and Wellington Koo, secretary general of Taiwan’s National Security Council. The list also includes politicians from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party in Taipei. The sanctioned individuals will not be allowed to visit China, Hong Kong and Macau. In addition, companies and investors related to them will not be allowed to make profits in China. Previously, the Chinese government imposed sanctions against Taiwanese Premier Su Tseng-chang, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu and Parliament Speaker You Si-kun. The new measures come after a visit earlier this month by U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, which was followed by increased tensions between China and the U.S. and a tight schedule of Chinese military exercises around Taiwan. On August 14, another U.S. congressional delegation led by Democratic Senator Ed Markey and composed of Democratic Representatives John Garamendi, Alan Lowenthal and Don Beyer and Republican Aumua Amata arrived in Taipei. The delegation was received by President Tsai Ing-wen and Foreign Minister Joseph Wu and had meetings with members of the Foreign Affairs and Defense committees of the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan’s parliament.