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Other countermeasures announced Friday by China include the cancellation of dialogue with the U.S. between regional commanders and on defense policy coordination, military maritime safety, returning illegal immigrants, criminal matters, transnational crime, illegal drugs and climate change. China also announced on Friday sanctions against the House speaker and her family over her visit to Taiwan, saying it constituted a gross interference in Chinas internal affairs.

The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it took these actions because Pelosi visited Taiwan in disregard of Chinas strong opposition and serious representations.

It gravely undermines Chinas sovereignty and territorial integrity, seriously tramples on the one-China principle, and severely threatens peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, the ministry said in a press release. In response to Pelosis egregious provocation, China decides to adopt sanctions on Pelosi and her immediate family members in accordance with relevant laws of the Peoples Republic of China.

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Pelosi earlier this week had waved off Beijings lashing out over her visit to Taiwan, saying at a press conference on Wednesday that whatever China was going to do theyll do in their own good time. As shes continued her tour throughout Asia this week, the speaker has also praised Taiwan for its democracy and said that China will not isolate Taiwan by preventing U.S. officials from visiting the island.

They may try to keep Taiwan from visiting or participating in other places, but they will not isolate Taiwan by preventing us to travel there, she said during a press conference in Tokyo on Friday.