Amid Tsai’s visit to the US, China sanctions the Reagan library


China is imposing sanctions against the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and other US and Asian-based organisations in retaliation for the closely watched meeting this week between the US House Speaker and Taiwan’s president.
The Reagan library was the site of the rare high-level, bipartisan meeting Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy hosted this week for talks with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen.
The meeting came as US-China relations have sunk to historic lows and as tensions between Taiwan and China have risen. China views any official exchanges between foreign governments and Taiwan as an attempt to raise Taipei’s global status, and thus an infringement on Beijing’s claims of sovereignty over the island.China had vowed countermeasures against Taipei for its interactions with the US.
“We will take resolute measures to punish the Taiwan independence’ separatist forces and their actions, and resolutely safeguard our country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” China’s Taiwan Affairs Office said in a statement Thursday, referring to Tsai and her political party as separatists.
In addition, the Prospect Foundation and the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats, both in Asia, were being sanctioned for their involvement in promoting Taiwan independence “under the guise of academic and research exchanges,” China’s Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson, Zhu Fenglian, said.
China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that the Hudson Institute think tank and the Reagan library were sanctioned for “providing a platform and convenience to Taiwan separatist activities.”
Four individuals in leadership roles with the organisations also were named: Sarah May Stern, chair of the board of directors of Hudson Institute; John P Walters, director of the Hudson Institute; John Heubusch, former executive director of the Reagan Foundation; Joanne M. Drake, chief administrative officer of the Reagan Foundation. China said any property or financial assets belonging to them in China would be frozen.
Tsai had accepted a leadership award from the Hudson Institute as part of her trip to the US and also given a speech about Taiwan’s challenges in regional security.The sanctions effectively are a travel ban on the individuals in charge of the organizations. They’re also banned from working with Chinese organizations.
Separately, the Taiwan Affairs Office also announced further sanctions on Hsiao Bi-Khim, Taiwan’s representative in the U.S.