China said it has imposed sanctions on seven politicians in Taiwan, because of their support for separatist tendencies and for the island’s independence.
China’s Taiwan Affairs Office said among those sanctioned were Taiwan’s de facto ambassador to the United States, Hsiao Bi-khim, Secretary-General of Taiwan’s National Security Council Wellington Koo, and politicians from Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party.
The sanctions also cover all members of their family and include banning them from entering mainland China, the Hong Kong, and Macao Special Administrative Regions.
A Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson, who is authorized to announce the imposition of sanctions, described the desire for the island’s independence and secession as “the biggest obstacle to the reunification of the homeland and a grave hidden danger to the rejuvenation of the nation.”
“For some time, a few diehard separatist elements, out of their own interests, have gone to lengths to collude with external forces in provocations advocating Taiwan independence,” the spokesperson said.
“They have deliberately instigated confrontations across the Taiwan Strait, and recklessly undermined peace and stability in the region.”
It is noteworthy that the situation around Taiwan escalated after the visit of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the first visit for a speaker of the House of Representatives in Congress since 1997.
The White House distanced itself from Pelosi’s behavior and declared “its commitment to the one-China policy.”