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Newsline: China imposes sanctions on Taiwan’s US de facto ambassador

China has imposed further sanctions on Hsiao Bi-khim, Taiwan’s de facto ambassador to the United States, prohibiting her and family members from entering the mainland, Hong Kong and Macau, state media reported on Friday. The sanctions announced by China’s Taiwan Affairs Office also ban investors and firms related to Hsiao from cooperating with mainland organisations and individuals. They come after Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen’s meeting with U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy during a stopover in the United States this week. “Wow, the PRC (People’s Republic of China) just sanctioned me again, for the second time,” Hsiao tweeted in response to the announcement. (https://neuters.de/world/asia-pacific/china-imposes-further-sanctions-taiwans-us-representative-2023-04-07/) Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry reacted angrily, saying China had no right to “butt in” when it came to Tsai’s overseas trips and that Beijing was “deceiving itself” if it thought the sanctions would have any effect. “It not only deepens our people’s antipathy but exposes the irrational and ridiculous nature of the communist regime,” it said. China considers Taiwan its own territory and not a separate country. Taiwan’s government disputes China’s claim.

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