China: China sanctions major US defence companies after arms sales to Taiwan

China will sanction several major defence companies in retaliation for multibillion dollar US arms sales to Taiwan, the foreign ministry has announced.

Lockheed Martin, Boeing Defense, Space & Security and Raytheon were named as targets of the sanctions, as well as “the US individuals and entities who played an egregious role”, foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said at a regular press briefing on Monday, but did not provide further details.

It came in response to confirmation of a ninth US arms sale to Taiwan, a self-governing democracy which Beijing considers a rogue Chinese province under its one-China principle, and has never ruled out retaking control of by force.

The original full article can be found at theguardian.com

(Photo: HANDOUT/Taiwan’s Defence Ministry/AFP via Getty Images)

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