lørdag 13. juli 2019

China vows to impose sanctions on US firms supplying Taiwan military

China has said it will impose sanctions on US firms involved in a deal to sell $2.2bn worth of tanks, missiles and related equipment to Taiwan, saying it harmed China’s sovereignty and national security.

The Pentagon said on Monday the US state department had approved the sale of the weapons requested by Taiwan, including 108 General Dynamics Corp M1A2T Abrams tanks and 250 Stinger missiles, which are manufactured by Raytheon. Washington said the sales would not alter the basic military balance in the region, but Beijing, a major US security rival with which Washington has been engaged in a year-long trade war, has demanded the deal be revoked. China’s latest statement came as Taiwan’s president, Tsai Ing-wen, was in New York en route to visit four Caribbean allies, a trip that has also incensed China.

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