Friday, April 7, 2023

China Sanctions Hudson Institute and Its Leadership

Here is more from The Independent:

China has imposed a fresh tranche of sanctions against the US in retaliation against House speaker Kevin McCarthy's meeting with the Taiwanese president.

The measures announced on Friday apply to Taiwan's de facto ambassador to the US, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and the Hudson Institute, a Washington think tank which hosted Ms Tsai in New York and presented her with a leadership award.

The ministry also sanctioned Sarah May Stern, chair of the Hudson Institute board of directors; John P Walters, the institute's director; John Heubusch, former executive director of the Reagan Foundation, and Joanne M Drake, the foundation's chief administrator.

Taipei- based think-tank Prospect Foundation and Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats, a multinational alliance that Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) co-founded in 1993, were also sanctioned by China for advocating “Taiwan independence”, Xinhua reported.


Here is more about the award that Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen received from the Hudson Institute. 

This is not the first time that a think tank has been sanctioned.  In 2021, for example, China sanctioned Berlin-based think tank Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS).

In response to the sanctions on MERICS, scholar at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) released a statement denouncing the sanctions, a move that apparently led China to block CSIS's website.