China has dropped sanctions on two American organizations that hosted Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen during a recent visit to the United States, which Beijing has strongly condemned.
China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced Friday Washington-The governor thinks that the Hudson River Institute and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California will be banned from any cooperation, exchange, or transaction with institutions and people of China.
Key management institutions as well being banned from visiting China, unable to deal or cooperate with organizations or individuals there, and having any assets frozen in the country; said the statement.
“The Hudson Institute and the Reagan Library have provided a platform and facilitated Tsai’s separatist activities … which seriously undermine China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the ministry said, using a term often used to criticize the Taiwan leader’s actions.
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library was the site of a meeting between Tsai and US House Speaker Kevin McCarthy on Wednesday – the first time a Taiwanese president had met on American soil with a US speaker.
Last week, the Hudson Institute presented the Global Leadership Award to Tsai in New York City.
Both were made during stopovers on the President of Taiwan’s 10-day international tour, which included official visits to Central America.
Roncus’s comments reached the Hudson Institute and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. It is unclear if either the organization or its leaders had assets or cooperation in China that would have been impacted.
China has repeatedly said that it will be “advised and strong” in response to the meeting with Tsai McCarthy.
The Communist Party of China claims that it governs the democratic Taiwan as its own, although it has never governed it, and has vowed to take the island by force if necessary.
China has also imposed sanctions on two Taiwanese organizations, the Prospect Foundation and the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats. on Friday, according to the Taiwan Affairs Office.
The spokesperson accused the group of promoting Taiwan’s independence and said that they could not cooperate with mainland organizations and individuals. Their directors were also prevented from entering the continent.
Hsiao Bi-khim, the US ambassador to Taiwan, was also hit with sanctions on Friday, according to Chinese state media. Hsiao was previously sanctioned by China last August, following the visit of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the island. On Twitter on Friday, Hsiao reacted to the sanctions, saying: “Wow, the PRC is just testing me again, for the second time.”
Taiwan’s foreign ministry responded later Friday calling China’s decision to impose new sanctions on Tsai’s meeting with McCarthy “irrational and absurd.”
Taiwan had a “fundamental right” to conduct overseas diplomatic activities, and the “coercion and suppression” by Beijing was only its “insistence on freedom and democracy,” he said.
Beijing’s overall response to the latest meeting has so far appeared muted compared to its actions following Pelosi’s arrival.
Then, Beijing launched large military drills around the island following the Speaker’s departure and suspended some lines of communication with Washington.
At this time, there was a little clear military response to the island, which sees regular attacks on the identity of the air defense and stations in the surrounding Chinese military waters.
Before the meeting between Tsai and McCarthy, Taiwan’s Ministry of Defense said it had learned that a group of Chinese aircraft carriers, led by the carrier Shandong, were being deployed through waters south of Taiwan in the western Pacific.
China’s crackdown on US institutions comes at a time when the two powers are trying to stabilize their relationship amid friction over a range of issues.
Among them was the support of Taiwan Americans in the face of increased military, economic and diplomatic influence on the island’s democracy in Beijing.
On Friday, US congressman Michael McCaul, a Republican who is currently visiting Taiwan, said that accelerating the delivery of weapons to the island is “the most critical” in building deterrence against China.
The chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee told reporters that “we are doing everything in our power to facilitate this.” [weapon delivery]”and the delegation of the bipartisan council, which he leads, “in broad agreement that this should be done absolutely, to deter Taiwan from promoting peace in the region.”
McCaul said potential ways to do this included reprioritizing arms sales to Taiwan or through third-party sales.
The US maintains a private relationship with the transition to Taiwan and Tsai was therefore not making an official visit to keep Washington engaged with the long-standing “One China” strategy.
Under the plan, the U.S. state of China recognizes that Taiwan is part of China, but has never officially recognized Beijing’s 23 million-year-old claim.
Tsai is expected to return to Taiwan on Friday.