China sanctions US companies over Taiwan arms sales
15 Jul 2019

Beijing made clear its unhappiness Friday over the recent camaraderie between the U.S. and Taiwan, announcing sanctions against American companies involved in arms sales to the self-ruled island and reaffirming the eventual “reunification” of the two sides of the Taiwan Strait was inevitable.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi expressed “serious concern” over Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen’s stopover in the U.S. on her way to visit four Caribbean countries, urging Washington not to send “wrong signals” to advocates calling for Taiwan independence.

Wang’s comments were made during a visit to Hungary and were carried by Xinhua News Agency. The escalating tension comes as China and the U.S. are trying to jump-start talks after declaring a truce in their trade war last month.

China is seriously concerned about Tsai’s “transit” in the U.S., Wang said, adding that China firmly opposes any official contact between the U.S. and Taiwan “in any form.”

“No one or any force can stop the historical process of reunification between the two sides across the Taiwan Strait,” Wang said.

In Beijing, Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said in a statement that China will sanction American companies involved in arms sales to Taiwan.

“The U.S. arms sales to Taiwan constitute a serious violation of international law and the basic norms governing international relations,” he said, referring to the approval this week of sales including 108 General Dynamics M1A2T Abrams tanks and 250 Stinger missiles, which are manufactured by Raytheon.

The deal is worth $2.2 billion, and, if approved by Congress, constitutes the largest single sale under the Trump administration as well as the largest arms sale to Taiwan since a $5.8 billion deal in 2011.

By Alex Fang and Tsukasa Hadano, Nikkei, 13 July 2019

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