China sanctions US companies again for selling weapons to Taiwan

China sanctions US companies again for selling weapons to Taiwan
China sanctions US companies again for selling weapons to Taiwan

According to Beijing, American companies sell weapons to Taiwan, which “seriously interferes in China’s internal affairs and seriously damages its sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

On June 20, the approval made by the United States Department of State regarding the sale of a combat drone and missile system marauders to Taiwan was condemned by China.

It is estimated that the value of said sale ranges between US$ 360 million 200 thousand (equivalent to Q2 thousand 794 million 474 thousand 824).

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According to China, the Taiwan question is “the red line” between Washington and Beijing.

As part of the sanction, China will freeze the assets in its territory of subsidiaries of the Lockheed Martin group as well as executives James Teclit, Frank St. John, and Jesse Malefe.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry explains in a brief statement that it also They are prohibited from carrying out operations in the country and are denied entry into Chinese territory, which includes Hong Kong and Macau.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Lin Jian. declared on June 20 that the United States’ decision to selling weapons to Taiwan constitutes a “serious violation of sovereignty and security interests” of China.

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“It seriously damages relations between China and the United States” and “threatens peace and stability” in the Taiwan Strait, Jian added.

Lin noted that this decision “sends a wrong signal to separatist forces” of the island.

The Taiwan issue is one of the biggest sources of conflict between China and the United States, mainly due to the fact that Washington is the Taiwan’s main arms suppliertherefore, its greatest military ally in the event of a war conflict.

In recent years, China has intensified its pressure on Taiwan, which it considers a rebellious province since the Kuomintang nationalists They retreated there after losing the war against the communist Army in 1949.

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