China Sanctions Five American Defense Contractors Over Taiwan Weapons Sales

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China Sanctions Five American Defense Contractors Over Taiwan Weapons Sales

Defense News ,China :- In a recent move, the People Republic of China has imposed sanctions on five prominent US defense contractors, responding to their involvement in arms sales to Taiwan. The decision, as disclosed by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, names BAE Systems Land and Armaments, AeroVironment, Viasat, Alliant Techsystems Operation, and Data Link Solutions.

The crux of China argument lies in the assertion that these sales circumvent Chinese authority, thereby posing a perceived threat to the nation security and sovereignty. This has prompted the freezing of both movable and immovable properties owned by these companies in China, accompanied by a prohibition on any interactions between organizations, individuals, and the sanctioned businesses.

According to the foreign ministry, the arms sales to Taiwan disrupt peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, infringing upon the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese entities. The ministry expressed strong disapproval, stating that solemn démarches have been conveyed to the US.

In the official statement, the agency reiterated China unwavering territorial sovereignty over Taiwan, emphasizing the need for Washington to acknowledge their standing relationship with Beijing on this matter. The ministry urged the United States to adhere to the one-China principle and the three China-US joint communiqués, along with observing international law and basic norms governing international relations. The call was clear: cease arming Taiwan and refrain from targeting China with illegal unilateral sanctions; otherwise, a strong and resolute response from China was indicated.

The diplomatic tension is not new, with the recent sanctions being a response to the continuous stream of US arms sales to Taiwan. The US State Department approved a $300-million sale of military information system equipment to Taiwan in the past month, and in August 2023, Washington cleared Taipei purchase of advanced airborne tracking sensors for its F-16 Fighting Falcon combat jets. The US also announced plans to approve a separate $440-million contract to Taiwan in June, aimed at bolstering the country ammunition and repair parts for weapons and vehicles. These transactions follow earlier deals, such as the $180-million sale of vehicle-launched anti-tank systems to Taipei in 2022 and a significant $1.1-billion military sale in the same year to enhance Taiwan surveillance and air defense capabilities.

As the diplomatic dance between China and the United States unfolds, the stakes continue to rise, and the global community watches with bated breath for any signs of de-escalation or further escalation in this ongoing geopolitical saga.

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