China Imposes Sanctions on Seven Taiwan ‘Secessionist’ Officials

Photo: Reuters [via Al Jazeera]

The Facts

  • On Tues., China's Taiwan Affairs Office announced sanctions, including an entry ban, on seven Taiwanese officials for allegedly pushing for the island's secession.

  • The list of the so-called "independence die-hards" comprises six members of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party, including Taiwan's de facto ambassador to the US and the chairwoman of the New Power Party. Five other Taiwanese officials had previously been sanctioned in Dec., including Foreign Minister Joseph Wu.


The Spin

Pro-China narrative

Taiwanese secessionists are the main force preventing Chinese reunification by colluding with external forces and undermining peace in the Strait. This latest move demonstrates Beijing's resolve and commitment to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Anti-China narrative

Beijing is trying to create antagonism and anxiety over recent developments in Taiwan, a sovereign democracy. This move, however, won't intimidate Taipei leaders, as being sanctioned by an authoritarian regime only proves their determination to democratic values.

Nerd narrative

There's a 40% chance that the PRC will annex at least half of Taiwan before 2050, according to the Metaculus prediction community.


Establishment split

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