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China Imposes Further Sanctions on Taiwan's US Representative

FILE - Taiwan's chief U.S. envoy Bi-khim Hsiao speaks with The Associated Press in Washington, Jan. 20, 2023. China state media said on Friday that the envoy is now prohibited from entering China, Hong Kong and Macau.

China has imposed further sanctions on Hsiao Bi-khim, Taiwan's de facto ambassador to the United States, prohibiting her and family members from entering the mainland, Hong Kong and Macau, state media reported on Friday.

The sanctions, announced by China's Taiwan Affairs Office, also prohibit investors and firms related to Hsiao from cooperating with mainland organizations and individuals. They come after Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen's meeting with U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy during a stopover in the United States this week.

Last August, after former U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan, China imposed sanctions including an entry ban on seven Taiwanese officials and lawmakers including Hsiao, whom it accused of being "independence diehards," drawing condemnation from the democratically governed island.

China considers Taiwan its own territory and not a separate country. Taiwan's government disputes China's claim.

Others on the August sanctions list include Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu; Wellington Koo, secretary-general of Taiwan's National Security Council; and politicians from Taiwan's ruling Democratic Progressive Party.

Chinese sanctions will have little practical impact because senior Taiwanese officials do not visit China and Chinese courts do not have jurisdiction in Taiwan.