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China sanctions Pelosi, US calls military exercises near Taiwan ‘overreaction’

Pelosi’s visit also prompted Beijing to begin large-scale military exercises to surround it, with US Secretary of State Anthony Brinken saying Beijing “chosen to overreact.”

Pelosi visited Taiwan on a trip she said showed America’s unwavering commitment to the island nation, but China condemned the highest-level US visit in 25 years as a threat to peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. Did. (AFP)

China’s foreign ministry has announced unspecified sanctions following US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan this week.

China’s foreign ministry said on Friday that Pelosi’s visit “seriously interferes in China’s internal affairs and seriously undermines China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

China will “impose sanctions on Ms Pelosi and her immediate family,” he added, without elaborating. Such sanctions are generally mostly symbolic in nature.

Pelosi’s visit has also prompted Beijing to launch large-scale military exercises surrounding Taiwan, which Beijing considers its territory, prompting condemnation by the United States and other Western allies.

US Secretary of State Anthony Brinken said on Friday that China’s exercises targeting Taiwan, including missile launches into Japan’s exclusive economic zone, represented a “significant escalation”.

“China has overreacted and has chosen to use House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit as an excuse to increase its provocative military activity in and around the Taiwan Strait,” Blinken said at a press conference in the Cambodian capital.

Mr Blinken also said the United States was showing “strong solidarity” with Japan following “the dangerous actions taken by China”.

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The Chinese exercise involved live fire in the waters and airspace near the Taiwan Autonomous Region, and as many as four missiles are believed to have flown over the capital Taipei in an unprecedented escalation during the exercise.

Meanwhile, Japan has lodged a formal diplomatic complaint with Beijing, and five Chinese missiles are believed to have landed in its exclusive economic zone.

Brinken also told reporters during a meeting with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Cambodia that Pelosi’s visit was peaceful and did not represent a change in US policy toward Taiwan.

Blinken attended a meeting of foreign ministers from Russia and China and top Southeast Asian diplomats on Friday at a time when tensions are tearing the world’s powers apart.

The East Asia Summit in the Cambodian capital was the first time three men were scheduled to participate in the same forum.

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