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China to impose sanctions on Taiwan’s de facto envoy to U.S. 

  • August 17, 2022
  • , Mainichi, Yomiuri, Nikkei, Sankei
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Yomiuri, Mainichi, Nikkei, and Sankei wrote that China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency said on Tuesday that the Chinese Communist Party announced on the same day that it will impose sanctions on Hsiao Bi-khim, the head of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office and Taiwan’s de facto ambassador to the United States, and six others, labeling them as “diehard Taiwan independence separatists.” The Communist Party claimed that the activities of separatist forces became “all the more egregious” during U.S. House Speaker Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan and further exposed their “obstinate nature” in seeking the island’s independence. The Communist Party also said China “will never tolerate any kind of activity to split the country” or “allow any external force to interfere in its national reunification.” In response, Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Joanne Ou said at a press conference on Tuesday that Taiwan refuses to accept intimidation and threats from an authoritarian and totalitarian regime. 

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