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( – On Friday, China issued sanctions against the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and a Washington-based think tank following Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen’s visit to those centers during her transit through the U.S. earlier this month.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry disclosed that these “countermeasures” were made in retaliation to Tsai’s “transit.” The sanctions come at a time of increased tension with many worrying that China might seek to carry out a military provocation around Taiwan. This would be a move similar to the war games that had occurred following the-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to Taiwan in August.

Taiwan’s Defense Ministry disclosed that they are closely monitoring the movements of a Chinese aircraft carrier, naval vessels, and Chinese military aircrafts that have repeatedly been crossing into Taiwan’s territorial air and sea space.

Prior to Tsai’s visit to the U.S., during which she met with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), China warned against the video and claimed there would be retaliation if they proceeded with the meeting. The meeting between Tsai and McCarthy took place in Los Angeles at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Wednesday.

In a statement, the Chinese Foreign Ministry pointed out that the United States repeatedly ignored China’s position regarding the leader of the Taiwan region. Last week the Taiwanese leader transited through New York and Los Angeles.

Along with the sanctions on the museum, the Chinese government will also be sanctioning two individuals, former executive director, John Heubusch, and its current chief administrative officer, Joanne Drake.

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