China threatens sanctions against US companies selling weapons to Taiwan
Beijing will impose sanctions on US enterprises involved in arms sales to Taiwan, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Friday. The decision follows Washington’s announcement to sell $2.22 billion worth of arms to Taiwan.
“US arms sales to Taiwan constitute a serious violation of international law and the basic norms governing international relations,” said China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang.
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“To safeguard our national interests, China will impose sanctions on the US enterprises involved in the above-mentioned arms sales to Taiwan,” the ministry added.
On Thursday the Chinese military expressed strong dissatisfaction with the US State Department’s approval of a plan to sell weapons to Taiwan.
The spokesperson for China’s Ministry of National Defense said: “Taiwan is an inalienable part of China. China’s firm opposition to US arms sales to Taiwan is clear and consistent.”
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