Despite Taiwan’s resistance, China still wants to reunite with the breakaway region. President Xi has called the reunification with Taiwan “inevitable.” Over the last few months, high-profile American officials, like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, made trips to Taiwan despite China’s disapproval and warnings against the visits. In response, China began performing military exercises near the Taiwan Strait. Although the US recognizes China’s position that Taiwan is part of China, it also supports Taiwan’s right to protect itself and provides arms to the island.
Now, the US is considering possible sanctions against China to deter any military action against Taiwan. Nothing is confirmed yet, but the sanctions would likely go beyond the current limits of tech trade and investment the US has put on China. Actually, talks of Chinese sanctions began after Russia invaded Ukraine, but they’ve become more urgent now with raised tensions in the Taiwan Strait. The sanctions package would only go into effect if China tried to invade Taiwan. Taiwan is also appealing to the EU to outline consequences for China should it invade the island.
“The potential imposition of sanctions on China is a far more complex exercise than sanctions on Russia, given US and allies’ extensive entanglement with the Chinese economy,” said Nazak Nikakhtar, a former senior US Commerce Department official.
“I want to emphasize that any country or person should not underestimate the strong determination and firm will of the Chinese government and people in defending national sovereignty, territorial integrity, and realizing the reunification of the motherland,” foreign ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said on Wednesday.