Beijing: After Washington lifted restrictions on exchanges between U.S. and Taiwan officials, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Monday that U.S. officials who carried out “annoying actions” against China’s so-called Taiwan would be sanctioned.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on the days when Donald Trump’s presidency was waning that Sino-US relations have deteriorated as China has condemned this month’s easing policy.
Further adding to China’s anger, the US ambassador to the United Nations, Kelly Craft, spoke last week to Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, after a planned trip to Taipei was called off.
Asked at a daily news briefing how China would follow through on its pledge to make the United States “pay a heavy price” for its engagements with Taiwan, ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said some US officials would face sanctions.
“Owing to the wrong actions of the United States, China has decided to impose sanctions on responsible US officials who have engaged in nasty behaviour on the Taiwan issue,” she said, without elaborating.
When asked about the US sanctions on six continents and the announcement of the mass arrests of Hong Kong officials in Hong Kong last Friday, Hua said that China has decided to impose sanctions on US officials, members of Congress, NGO personnel and their families. “Disgusting behavior” of members on the Hong Kong issue.