China sanctions senior US lawmaker for visiting Taiwan By Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s International Ministry on Thursday sanctioned chairman of the U.S. Home International Affairs Committee Michael McCaul for visiting Taiwan, saying he had despatched a “severe mistaken sign to Taiwan independence separatist forces”.

China views democratically-governed Taiwan as its personal territory and strongly objects to all high-level engagements between international and Taiwanese officers, particularly if it includes Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen.

McCaul visited Taipei final week and met Tsai, pledging to assist present coaching for Taiwan’s armed forces and to hurry up the supply of weapons.

China’s International Ministry stated McCaul, a Republican, had incessantly interfered in China’s inner affairs together with his phrases and actions and harmed China’s pursuits.

He just lately led a delegation to Taiwan “severely harming China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and sending a severe mistaken sign to Taiwan independence separatist forces”, it added.

In accordance with China’s anti-sanctions regulation, McCaul won’t be allowed to enter the nation, be banned from interacting with organisations and people in China and any belongings of his in China might be frozen, the ministry stated.

Reuters was not instantly capable of attain McCaul for remark.

China says Taiwan is the only most necessary and delicate challenge in its relations with america. Taiwan’s authorities rejects Beijing’s sovereignty claims.

China has a monitor document of sanctioning international lawmakers and officers, typically for criticising China, talking in assist of Taiwan, or visiting the island, as occurred to a deputy Lithuanian minister following her go to to Taipei final 12 months.

In early 2021, China sanctioned some Trump administration officers together with former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, minutes after Joe Biden was sworn in as the brand new president of america.

China has additionally sanctioned a number of senior Taiwanese officers.

(This story has been refiled to say ‘most’, not ‘extra’, in paragraph 8)

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