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China Sanctions Pelosi, Halts Military & Climate Cooperation After Taiwan Trip

Facts

  • On Fri., the PRC imposed unspecified sanctions on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and her immediate family members in response to her trip to Taiwan earlier this week.
  • China also announced that it would halt cooperation with the US in areas including military relations and climate change. This comes as the PRC also started a four-day military drill near Taiwan on Thursday.
  • During Pelosi's visit to Taiwan, she criticized China's policy toward the island and said that the US must not shy away from focusing on alleged Chinese human rights abuses because of US-PRC commercial interests.

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Spin

Pro-China narrative

Pelosi's visit to Taiwan is an outright provocation and undermines China's sovereignty. Such actions must be deterred, and the US must abide by its historical commitment to respect the One China policy. The Chinese government has made the right move by sanctioning Pelosi and her family.

Anti-China narrative

China is clearly overreacting to Pelosi's visit. US support for Taiwan has been a cornerstone of US policy in Asia for over 70 years, and it is China who is being provocative by launching its largest ever military drills near the island.

Nerd narrative

There's a 16% chance that there will be a US-China war by 2035, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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