For weeks, the world had warned Nancy Pelosi that her potential trip to Taiwan could have grave consequences, particularly in terms of agitating the already unpredictable bullies in Beijing.
In fact, one CCP media mouthpiece even went so far as to suggest that Pelosi’s plane might be blasted out of the sky on approach to Taipei – a miscalculation that would almost certainly usher in World War III.
Instead, while Pelosi was in Taiwan, China committed quite a bit of saber rattling, but not much else. As soon as the US House Speaker departed, however, Beijing got down to business.
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 terse.
“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.”
The sanctions arrive just hours after China sent several ballistic missiles flying over the independent island nation, (again, after Pelosi has already skedaddled), and amid the backdrop of some serious military exercises occurring in the seas surrounding Taiwan.