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China to Slap Sanctions on 5 Firms Over US-Taiwan Arms Sales

BAE Systems are among the companies that will be targeted by Beijing after the latest round of armaments deals were approved by Washington

Trade visitors walk past an advertisement for BAE Systems at Farnborough International Airshow in Farnborough, Britain, on July 17, 2018. Photo: Reuters


China is to sanction five US military suppliers over arms sales deals with Taiwan, a foreign ministry spokesperson said on Sunday.

The US State Department last month approved $300 million sale of equipment to help maintain Taiwan’s tactical information systems.

Beijing said in a statement the recent arms sales “seriously undermine China’s sovereignty and security interests, seriously jeopardise peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait”.


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The companies to be that will be sanctioned are BAE Systems Land and Armaments, Alliant Techsystems Operations, AeroVironment, Viasat and Data Link Solutions.

China will freeze the assets of these companies and ban people or organisations in China from engaging them, the spokesperson said.

The US embassy in Beijing did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

US arms sales to Taiwan are a frequent source of tension between Washington and Beijing. China views democratically governed Taiwan as its territory, a claim Taiwan’s government rejects.

The sanctions come ahead of Taiwan’s January 13 presidential and parliamentary elections, which China has cast as a choice between war and peace.


  • Reuters with additional editing by Sean O’Meara


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Sean O'Meara

Sean O'Meara is an Editor at Asia Financial. He has been a newspaper man for more than 30 years, working at local, regional and national titles in the UK as a writer, sub-editor, page designer and print editor. A football, cricket and rugby fan, he has a particular interest in sports finance.


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