China announces sanctions on US defence firms


On Wednesday, Beijing said sanctions would also be imposed on a slew of US defence firms and executives, including units and individuals under Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and General Dynamics.

“The US … has indiscriminately imposed unlawful and unilateral sanctions against a number of Chinese entities … while (it) continues to sell arms to the Taiwan region,” Beijing’s foreign ministry said in a statement announcing the countermeasures.

The US arms sales to Taiwan “seriously (violate) the one-China principle … seriously (interfere) in China’s internal affairs and seriously (undermine) China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity”, the statement added.

Washington switched diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing in 1979 but it has remained Taiwan’s most important partner and biggest arms supplier.



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