China summoned the US charge d’affaires in Beijing to protest against Washington’s authorization of US$1.83 billion arms sales to Taiwan and said it would impose sanctions on the firms involved, Reuters said, citing a report from the state news agency Xinhua.
“Taiwan is an inalienable part of China’s territory. China strongly opposes the US arms sale to Taiwan,” Xinhua quoted Vice Foreign Minister Zheng Zeguang, who summoned US charge Kaye Lee, as saying.
Zheng described the US sales authorization announced on Wednesday as going against international law and basic norms of international relations and said that they “severely” harmed China’s sovereignty and security, the report said.
“To safeguard our national interests, China has decided to take necessary measures, including imposing sanctions against the companies involved in the arms sale,” Zheng said.
The US State Department said Raytheon and Lockheed Martin were the main contractors for weapons in the sales authorized on Wednesday.
It was not clear what impact Chinese actions might have on the firms.
In 2013, Lockheed Martin signed an agreement with the Thailand-based Reignwood Group to build a 10-megawatt offshore plant to provide energy for a new luxury resort on Hainan island in southern China.
The military package consisted mainly of defensive weapons, CNN reported, citing David McKeeby, a spokesman for the US Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs.
It includes two US Navy guided missile frigates, amphibious assault vehicles, and anti-aircraft and anti-ship systems, McKeeby said.
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