hina’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on July 15 that China will sanction US enterprises
involved in arms sales to Taiwan, which China has always strongly opposed.
“The US’s arms sales to Taiwan violate international laws and the principles of international relations and are against the one-China principle and the three Sino-US joint communiqués. It has impaired China’s sovereign rights and national security,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said at a recent press conference. “The Chinese government will no longer do business and cooperate with those who participated in the arms sales,” he added.
The deal was valued at around US$2.22 billion, including M1A2 tanks and Stinger missiles, media reported.
As of press time, China had not released a specific list of entities to be sanctioned. Military experts predicted that it might include M1A2 tank designer General Dynamics, M88A2 armored recovery vehicle producer BAE Systems, and Raytheon, which makes Stinger missiles. Those companies, according to Chinese media reports, all sell products for civil use in the Chinese mainland, such as private planes, aircraft engines, escalators and radar.