China plans to impose sanctions over US arms sale to Taiwan

27 October 2020 (Last Updated October 27th, 2020 12:31)

China has reportedly announced plans to enforce sanctions on US companies over the sale of weapons to Taiwan.

China plans to impose sanctions over US arms sale to Taiwan
M1A2 TUSK Abrams Tank. Credit: United States Army / ZStoler.

China has reportedly announced plans to enforce sanctions on US companies over the sale of weapons to Taiwan.

Recently, the US State Department approved potential foreign military sales of weapons worth billions of dollars to the country.

Last week, the State Department approved a possible foreign military sale of AGM-84H standoff land attack missile expanded response (SLAM-ER) Missiles to Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO).

The department also approved a sale of 11 high mobility artillery rocket systems (HIMARS) M142 launchers for $436.1m and six MS-110 Recce Pods for $367.2m to TERCO.

It also includes the sale of Harpoon Coastal Defense Systems (HCDS) to TECRO for $2.37bn.

In August, Taiwan signed an agreement to purchase 66 F-16 jets from Lockheed Martin.

The companies involved in the sales include Lockheed Martin, Boeing and Raytheon.

Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Zhao Lijian was reported by CNN as saying that the US sale of missiles and weapons to Taiwan ‘seriously violate’ China’s security interests.

He also urged the nation to sever the military relationship with the Taiwanese Government.

CNN quoted Zhao as saying: “We will continue to take necessary measures to safeguard national sovereignty and security interests.”

Meanwhile, US State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said: “We deplore Beijing’s efforts to retaliate against US and foreign companies for their sales that support Taiwan’s legitimate self-defence requirements, the necessity of which has been made abundantly clear through increasingly hostile incursions by China’s airforce.”