Reality has long been a nuisance for China, particularly as it pertains to where exactly their borders are placed.
Hong Kong, Tibet, and Taiwan are all controversial locales that China believes they own – despite the denial of the people there and their independent governing bodies.
So, when US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived in Taiwan this week, China threw a tantrum. After she left, however, Beijing turned downright belligerent.
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 CCP did not hold back.
“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.”
While the measures certainly do appear to be severe, these sanctions are a far cry from the bluster that Beijing had whipped up ahead of Pelosi’s trip, in which CCP media mouthpieces were suggesting that Pelosi’s plane may be a military target upon approach to Taipei.