China’s Foreign Ministry said it would sanction US firms that participate in arms sales to Taiwan, a move that is likely to further complicate efforts to resolve the trade dispute between the US and China, said the Wall Street Journal.
The US announced plans for sales of $2.2 billion in tanks, missiles and related military hardware to Taiwan in June, drawing the ire of Beijing, which sees such sales as interference in its sovereignty claims over the self-ruled island.
The Foreign Ministry said that the arms sales “harmed China’s sovereignty and national security” and that the sanctions were necessary to safeguard its national interests. China’s military recently carried out air and naval drills along its southeast coast, the Defence Ministry said on Sunday, following the arms sales from the US to Taiwan.
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