Posted: Friday, April 7, 2023. 4:42 pm CST.
By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: On Wednesday, April 5, 2023, Taiwan’s President, Tsai Ing-wen met with U.S. House Speaker, Kevin McCarthy and China has since retaliated, the Associated Press reports.
Today, China announced sanctions against the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and other organizations as it had warned that interactions with Taiwan’s president would have consequences.
Despite intimidation from China, McCarthy joined other legislators in meeting the Taiwanese president showing support for Taiwan.
China’s Foreign Ministry said that the Reagan library and the Hudson Institute, a Washington think tank, were sanctioned for “providing a platform and convenience to Taiwan separatist activities.”
Chinese institutions were prohibited from having any cooperation or contact with them.
“The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute is proud of its decision to host a bipartisan meeting between Members of the United States House of Representatives, led by Speaker Kevin McCarthy, and Tsai Ing-wen, the President of Taiwan, and her delegation,” a statement from the Foundation noted.
In addition, Sarah May Stern, chair of the Hudson Institute board of directors; John Heubusch, former executive director of the Reagan Foundation, and Joanne M. Drake, the foundation’s chief administrator were banned from visiting China and any property or financial assets belonging to them in China would be frozen.
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