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China to Impose Sanctions on Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, and Boeing Over US-Taiwan Arms Deal

China announced plans to impose unspecified sanctions on Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, and other U.S. companies involved in weapons sales to Taiwan.

China announced plans to impose unspecified sanctions on Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, and other U.S. companies involved in weapons sales to Taiwan.

Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Zhao Lijian said during a press conference that the United States should stop selling arms to Taiwan and cut military ties with the government in Taipei.

“We will continue to take necessary measures to safeguard national sovereignty and security interests,” said Zhao. 

Beijing still maintained that Taiwan is an inviolable part of China to be reclaimed, by force if needed.

China’s move was in response to the US State Department’s approval of the sale of 135 air-to-ground missiles, six MS-110 air reconnaissance pods, and 11 M142 mobile light rocket launchers, valued at $1.8 billion.

Despite the threats, the three manufacturers claimed that the sales were made government to government not direct. 

“The US government decides on which defense systems to provide Taiwan and then makes the arrangements with the Department of Defense for the provision of such equipment. Foreign military sales to any country or entity is a direct contractual obligation between the purchaser and the US government/Department of Defense,” said Boeing.

Lockheed responded similarly and said that all of their international sales are strictly regulated by the US government.

Raytheon has not yet made any statements regarding the sanction threat. 

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