China has imposed visa bans and different sanctions on Taiwanese political figures in response to successive congressional visits by the United States.
Targets of China’s latest sanctions include Taiwan’s ambassador to the US Bi-khim Hsiao and Taiwanese lawmakers Ker Chien-ming, Koo Li-hsiung, Tsai Chi-chang, Chen Jiau-hua and Wang Ting-yu, and activist Lin.
They will be prohibited from traveling to mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau, and from making any financial or personal connections with individuals or entities in these regions.
Taiwanese Prime Minister Su Tseng-chang, Legislative Assembly leader You Si-kun and Foreign Minister Joseph Wu will face further restrictions as they are already on China’s sanctions list.
US State Department Spokesperson Ned Price claimed that China overreacted.
positions of the parties
The Chinese government opposes having any official contact with foreign governments, as it sees Taiwan as its territory.
China cut off all contact with the Taiwanese government shortly after the 2016 election of Tsai, who was overwhelmingly re-elected in 2020.
Tsai’s pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party and the vast majority of Taiwanese favor maintaining de facto independence status amid strong economic and social links between the parties.
Washington, on the other hand, does not openly support independence, argues that it has no official diplomatic ties with the island, and states that it wants the two sides to resolve their conflict peacefully. But at the same time, the US has also made decisions that are legally binding on it to ensure that the island can be protected from any attack.
Taiwan, on the other hand, announced that it will hold an air force exercise and a surface-to-air missile exercise this week.