China to sanction US individuals, entities over Taiwan arms sales

Marco Green
October 26, 2020

Miniature flags of Taiwan and the USA are are seem in Taipei, Taiwan March 27, 2018.

The Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said during a routine press conference on Monday that the sanctions were in response to recently approved USA arms sales to Taiwan on October 21, worth $1.81 billion, the state-owned media the Global Times has reported.

The US plans to deliver three weapon systems worth an estimated $1.8 billion to Taiwan.

Foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian urged the USA "to stop arms sales" to the island.

The status of Taiwan holds potential for conflict between the United States and China, in a wider struggle for technology, security and trade supremacy.

Last week, the Chinese Foreign Ministry called on the United States to cancel its arms sales deal with Taiwan.

Also approved was the sale of six MS-110 air reconnaissance pods and 11 M142 mobile light rocket launchers, taking the value of the three arms packages to $1.8 billion. Even though the island has never been controlled by China's ruling Communist Party, Beijing insists it is an integral part of its territory and has threatened to use force if necessary to assert its control.

"To safeguard China's national interests, the central government made a decision to take necessary measures to impose sanctions on US entities participating in the USA arms sales to Taiwan, including Lockheed Martin, Boeing Defense and Raytheon", Zhao told reporters at Monday's daily press briefing.

Opposing the arms sales after a possible $620 million foreign military deal in July, China had opposed the move and said: "China decides to take measures to protect national interests".

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