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China to Put Sanctions On US Firms Selling Arms to Taiwan

China’s government and Chinese firms will cut links with U.S. companies selling arms to Taiwan, China’s Foreign Ministry stated on…

By Brooks Schroth , in Defense News , at July 17, 2019 3:10 AM EDT Tags: , , ,

China’s government and Chinese firms will cut links with U.S. companies selling arms to Taiwan, China’s Foreign Ministry stated on Monday, refusing to give particulars of the penalties in a move likely to weaken already poor ties with Washington.

China claims self-dominated and democratic Taiwan as its own and has by no means denied using force to bring it under Beijing’s control. China often calls Taiwan the most delicate issue in its connections with the USA.

Last week, the Pentagon stated the U.S. State Division had accredited the sale of the arms requested by Taiwan, including 108 General Dynamics M1A2T Abrams tanks and 250 Stinger missiles, that are built by Raytheon.

China said Friday it would put sanctions U.S. firms selling weapons to Taiwan but didn’t explain much

The newest deal involves $2.2 billion worth of tanks, missiles, and similar equipment for Taiwan.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang stated the arms sales were a ruin of international regulation and hurt China’s sovereignty and national safety.

On Sunday, the ruling Communist Party’s official People’s Daily published an article on its WeChat account identifying U.S. corporations that might be vulnerable to penalties.

They included Honeywell International, which manufactures the engines for the Abrams tanks, and private jets developer Gulfstream Aerospace, which is owned by General Dynamics. China is a crucial marketplace for Honeywell as well as Gulfstream.

The other corporations didn’t reply to requests for comment.

Ties between Washington and Beijing are already strained over a trade conflict, which has seen them impose tariffs on one another’s imports.