In response to worries about the rise in foreign dignitaries visiting the self-ruled island claimed by Beijing, China on Tuesday announced sanctions against seven alleged “die-hard” Taiwanese politicians and officials, including Taipei’s representative in Washington.
Following visits to the island by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in early August and a US Congressional delegation led by Democratic Senator Ed Markey on Monday, Beijing announced the sanctions.
Also Agne Vaiciukeviciute, the deputy minister of transport and communications for Lithuania, traveled to Taiwan last week. Member of the European Union is Lithuania.
Fears of a military clash with Taiwan, which China claims is a part of the mainland, have been raised as a result of sanctions China has already placed upon Pelosi and Agne and high-intensity military exercises it has conducted in the Taiwan Strait.
China is worried that there would be a flurry of visits by senior officials from the US and its allies to the self-governing Island following Pelosi’s visit.
China imposed sanctions on seven Taiwanese politicians and government officials after alleging that they supported the island’s secession.
The Communist Party of China’s Taiwan Affairs Office announced on Tuesday that individuals sanctioned and their families would not be permitted to enter mainland China, Hong Kong, or Macau. They won’t be able to conduct business with mainland China.
“Their associated companies and financial backers would not be allowed to gain benefits from the mainland,” a spokesman of the office was reported by state-run Xinhua as saying.
The Taiwan office will pursue any additional required actions, and individuals who were sanctioned would be held accountable for the rest of their lives, the official said.