In a further move in China and the US’s trade war, China said in order to safeguard its own national interests, it planned to impose sanctions on US companies who were involved in an arms sale estimated at $2.2 billion for Taiwan, a potential deal approved by the US State Department despite Beijing's opposition, AFP has reported, on Friday July 12th.
"The US arms sale to Taiwan has severely violated the basic norms of international law and international relations," said Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang in an online statement.
"In order to safeguard national interests, China will impose sanctions on US enterprises participating in this sale of weapons to Taiwan," he said.
Beijing has repeatedly pressed the US to stop military support for self-ruled Taiwan.
China views Taiwan as part of its own territory, and has vowed to one day seize it, by force, if necessary, for reunification into ‘one China, ’ and it discourages other countries from lending support or legitimacy to Taiwan.
The US has earlier shrugged off China's complaints about the planned weapon sale, saying that the equipment, which includes battle tanks and anti-aircraft missiles, would contribute to "peace and stability" in Asia. The weapons sale is the first large military deal by the U S military with the self-ruled island in decades.
On Thursday, July 11th, Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen arrived in the U S, where she will stay for two days before heading to visit to four Caribbean countries, in a move to keep up support and allies for Taiwan. With the US currently engaged in a trade war with China, relations between Taipei and Washington have warmed up considerably.