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World China 'to sanction' US firms over Taiwan arms sale

13:55  26 october  2020
13:55  26 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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China is threatening sanctions on U . S . firms selling arms to Taiwan , after the U . S . government said it supported an billion sale of fighter jets and Geng Shuang, China 's Foreign Ministry spokesperson, said China would impose sanctions if the arms sales go forward, according to Chinese state media.

Taiwanese soldiers during an an antiaircraft combat confrontation drill in May. The United States Defense Department recently approved a billion arms sale to Taiwan .Credit Ritchie B Tongo/EPA, via Shutterstock.

China said Monday it would impose sanctions on Lockheed Martin, a Boeing defence division and other US firms involved in arms sales to Taiwan, the self-governed island that Beijing views as its territory.

a plane flying in the air: Two US-made AH-64E Apache attack helicopters release flares during Taiwan's annual Han Kuang military drills July 2020 © Sam Yeh Two US-made AH-64E Apache attack helicopters release flares during Taiwan's annual Han Kuang military drills July 2020

The two US giants were involved in a recent sale of nearly $2 billion worth of missiles to Taiwan, alongside Raytheon, and foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian urged the US to stop arms sales to the island.

a man wearing a suit and tie talking on a cell phone: Beijing has ramped up diplomatic and military pressure on Taiwan since the 2016 election of President Tsai Ing-wen © Sam Yeh Beijing has ramped up diplomatic and military pressure on Taiwan since the 2016 election of President Tsai Ing-wen

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

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China 's firm opposition to US arms sales to Taiwan is clear and consistent.” According to the defense ministry, the Chinese armed forces have the firm will, full confidence, and sufficient capability to thwart any form of interference by external forces and separatist acts of “ Taiwan independence

"The US arms sale to Taiwan has severely violated the basic norms of international law and China on Friday said it would impose sanctions on US companies involved in a potential arms sale worth .2 Though diplomatic relations are strained over a number of issues, China 's sanctions threat is

Beijing says Taiwan is an inviolable part of China to be reclaimed, by force if necessary.

Zhao said the sanctions were "to safeguard national interests" and would apply to those who have "behaved badly in the process of arms sales to Taiwan".

"We will continue to take necessary measures to safeguard national sovereignty and security interests," said Zhao, without giving further details on the sanctions.

Under the administration of President Donald Trump the US has brought Taiwan into play as part of a wider diplomatic and economic squeeze of its rival, sending high-level envoys and boosting arms sales.

The State Department said last week it had approved the sale of 135 air-to-ground missiles, in a move welcomed by Taiwan.

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“ China is firmly opposed to U . S . arms sales to Taiwan ,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters Tuesday. “ We urge the United States to earnestly abide by the one- China principle and the provisions under the three China - U . S . joint communiques, stop arms sales to Taiwan and sever

China will sanction United States companies that sell arms to Taiwan , after Washington approved possible sales of $ US 2.2 billion (.8 billion) in The United States is the main arms supplier to self-ruled Taiwan . China 's top diplomat Wang Yi said no foreign force could stop the reunification of China .

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.

- 'Future threats' -

Beijing has ramped up diplomatic and military pressure on Taiwan since the 2016 election of President Tsai Ing-wen, who views the island as a de facto sovereign nation and not part of "One China".

A statement from the US State Department last week said the SLAM-ER missiles would help Taiwan "meet current and future threats".

The missiles provide "all-weather, day and night, precision attack capabilities against both moving and stationary targets" on the ground or ocean, the statement added.

Taiwan's defence ministry said the weapons would help it "build credible combat capabilities and strengthen the development of asymmetric warfare".

Chinese fighter jets and bombers have entered Taiwan's air defence zone with increasing frequency in recent months, while propaganda films have shown simulated attacks on Taiwan-like territories.

China has also launched a diplomatic offensive aimed at courting Taiwan's few official allies, persuading the Solomon Islands and Kiribati to switch sides last year.

Earlier this month a top White House official urged Taiwan to build its military capabilities to protect against a possible invasion by China.

Beijing in turn has accused Washington of violating agreements signed in the 1970s establishing diplomatic relations between the two governments.

China has sanctioned Lockheed for previous arms sales to Taiwan.

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