China said it would impose US $ 2.2 billion in sanctions on US firms involved in the sale of tanks, missiles and related equipment, claiming that this damages China’s sovereignty and national security.
On Monday, the Pentagon announced that the US State Department had approved the sale of weapons requested by Taiwan, including 108 General Dynamics Corp M1A2T Abrams tanks and 250 Stinger missiles.
Washington stated that sales will not change the base military balance in the region, but Beijing, which the United States perceives as its main competitor in the field of security and with which Washington is leading an annual trade war, has demanded that the deal be canceled.
China’s last statement came when Taiwan’s president, Tsai Ing-wen, was in New York on the way to four allies from the Caribbean, which also displeased China.
The representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China said that the sale of weapons to the United States is a serious violation of international law and the basic rules governing international relations.
A spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Gen Shuang, also called the sale a serious violation of the unified China principle, according to which the United States officially recognizes Beijing and not Taipei.
“In order to protect our national interests, China will impose sanctions on US enterprises involved in the above-mentioned arms sales to Taiwan,” Gen said.
The State Department declined to comment, and the US firms involved in the Taiwanese arms deal have not yet responded.