U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi made a visit to Taiwan in disregard of China’s opposition, triggering a new round of Taiwan Strait crisis. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Friday that it would sanction Pelosi and her immediate family members in accordance with the law, and announced eight countermeasures.
First, Pelosi has become the highest-ranking current US official named and sanctioned by China.
China has stated that it will sanction senators such as Senators Rubio and Cruz, and announced sanctions against Pompeo, O’Brien, Bolton and Bannon in the Trump administration when President Biden took office. Compared with them, Pelosi’s position is obviously higher.
Pelosi, 82, is the first female speaker of the House of Representatives in U.S. history and has been elected to the position four times. Since January 2019, she has served as Speaker of the 116th U.S. House of Representatives, becoming the oldest Speaker of the House in U.S. history. In the U.S. presidential succession sequence, the Speaker of the House of Representatives is the second-in-line successor after the Vice President and the third-most influential political figure in U.S. politics.
As the number one “anti-China politician” in the United States, Pelosi has long maintained a tough stance on China. She once admitted: “For more than 30 years, she has been regarded as the most unpopular person in China. Now Pelosi has become the first speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives to go to Taiwan in 25 years. At the same time, she is the most senior official to arrive in Taiwan, seriously interfering in China’s internal affairs. , seriously undermining China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, seriously trampling on the one-China principle, and seriously threatening the peace and stability of the Taiwan Strait.
Second, the sanctions cover Pelosi’s immediate family.
There is no clear definition of immediate family members in national laws, and generally refers to people with direct blood or marriage relationship. According to Article 1045 of the Civil Code, relatives include spouses, blood relatives and in-laws.
The Pelosi family can be described as a typical representative of “eating Chinese rice and smashing Chinese pots”. According to Ta Kung Pao, her husband and son rely on funds to invest in assets in mainland China, Hong Kong and many regions in Asia, rushing for gold.
Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi, founded Mingji Global Investments. Currently, Mingji Global Investments is run by Pelosi’s friend William Hambrecht, who has donated millions of dollars to the US Democratic Party.
“Ta Kung Pao” pointed out that half of the “Asia Dividend Fund” under Mingji Global Investment (Hong Kong) are Chinese companies, and one of the three major investments of “Pacific Tiger Fund” is TSMC. While traveling to Taiwan, Pelosi also met with the chairman of TSMC.
As of June 30 this year, Pelosi’s declaration of interest shows that although she does not hold a partnership interest in Mingji International Asia Investment in 2021, she still holds between $50,001 and $100,000 in Mingji International Mutual Fund, and the dividend income will increase to 201 to $1000.
Although the Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not announce specific countermeasures against Pelosi and her immediate family members this time, the basis can be found in the Anti-Foreign Sanctions Law.
Article 3 of the “Anti-Foreign Sanctions Law” states that the People’s Republic of China opposes hegemonism and power politics, and opposes any country’s interference in China’s internal affairs under any pretext and in any way.
If foreign countries violate international law and basic norms of international relations, use various excuses or in accordance with their own laws to contain and suppress my country, take discriminatory restrictive measures against Chinese citizens and organizations, and interfere in my country’s internal affairs, my country has the right to take corresponding countermeasures.
Article 6 states that the relevant departments of the State Council may, in accordance with their respective responsibilities and tasks, decide to take one or more of the following measures according to the actual situation:
(1) Refusal to issue visas, deny entry, cancel visas or be deported;
(2) Sealing up, detaining and freezing movable, immovable and other types of property within the territory of my country;
(3) Prohibiting or restricting organizations and individuals within the territory of my country from conducting relevant transactions, cooperation and other activities with them;
(4) Other necessary measures.
Third, comprehensive countermeasures.
Each of the eight countermeasures announced by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs against Pelosi’s incursion is aimed at the “US side” rather than just Pelosi herself.
1. Cancellation of the phone call between the leaders of the Chinese and American military theaters.
2. Cancel the working meeting between the Chinese and the US Department of Defense.
3. Cancel the meeting of the China-US Maritime Military Security Consultation Mechanism.
4. Suspend China-US cooperation in the repatriation of illegal immigrants.
5. Suspend China-US criminal judicial assistance cooperation.
6. Suspend China-US cooperation in combating transnational crimes.
7. Suspend China-US cooperation in drug control.
8. Suspend Sino-US climate change talks.
Regarding Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, the Biden administration has repeatedly used the “separation of powers” in the United States as an excuse.
The White House said that the president has no control over the speaker of the Congress; the State Department said that Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan was a personal act, and did not represent the government’s position, nor did it reflect the U.S. national policy toward China. But in fact, the US Congress is an integral part of the US government and should strictly abide by the one-China policy pursued by the US.
Military expert Song Zhongping believes that the above-mentioned eight sanctions show that the impact of Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan is comprehensive. He pointed out that the three “cancelled” countermeasures are aimed at the military, indicating that the military mutual trust between China and the United States is no longer at all, and the relationship between the two militaries has fallen to the bottom. The various military-related communication channels that have been cancelled are an important part of Sino-US military exchanges. In the state where these channels have been cancelled, it is equivalent to the United States pushing up the risk of friction between the Chinese and American militaries.
Song Zhongping mentioned that since the United States insists on going its own way and constantly provokes China on the Taiwan issue, the development of Sino-US relations lacks the cornerstone. This cornerstone is the one-China principle. Now the United States has completely shaken and hollowed out this principle. Consequences and costs must also be borne. China’s countermeasures, on the one hand, shows its determination to safeguard national sovereignty and security, and on the other hand, it also shows that the PLA has the ability and confidence to deal with various risks.
As for the five “pauses”, they involve Sino-US cooperation at a broader level.
Taking drug control as an example, according to the latest notification from the U.S. drug control law enforcement agency, since September 2019, the U.S. has not seized any fentanyl-like substances from China. The U.S. side has repeatedly emphasized that China-U.S. drug control cooperation is the highlight of the law enforcement cooperation between the two countries. China has shown great goodwill and sincerity in this regard. The US must not thank China for its support and help while setting obstacles to cooperation.
Next is the issue of climate change. In the communication between China and the United States at all levels, including the call of the heads of state, when it comes to cooperation, climate change is always an important area.
In April 2021, at the invitation of China, John Kerry, the special envoy of the U.S. President on climate issues, visited China, becoming the first senior U.S. official to visit China after the Biden administration took office. In an interview, Kerry expressed the hope that China will be more aggressive in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the next decade, calling it a “critical decade” to curb global warming and that it needs to “consider many different ways to achieve this goal.”
Sino-US cooperation on climate change cannot be separated from the general environment of Sino-US relations. Although the United States hopes that cooperation on climate change will become an “oasis” in Sino-US relations, if the “oasis” is surrounded by “desert”, this “oasis” will sooner or later be deserted.
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