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Beijing to sanction Lockheed Martin – China / Taiwan

Last week, the Chinese Foreign Ministry invited the U.S. to cancel its arms sales deal with Taiwan.

The spokesman for the Chinese MFA, Zhao Lijian, stated on Monday that China will impose sanctions on US entities participating in arms sales to Taiwan.
Furthermore, the spokesman said that Lockheed Martin, Boeing Defence, and Raytheon be subjected to the Chinese sanctions.

Last week, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, the Pentagon’s office that oversees US military assistance to other countries, announced that the State Department had approved the sale of $1.008 billion worth of AGM-84H Standoff Land Attack Missile Expanded Response (SLAM-ER) and related equipment to the Republic of China, the official name of the government in Taipei, Taiwan.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry invited the United States to cancel the proposed deal, adding that China would make necessary responses in accordance with the development of the situation.

Beijing has always called Taiwan “an inseparable part of its territory” and asked other countries to adhere to the “One China” policy. While Washington does not officially recognize Taiwan as an independent state entity, sticking rather to the “One China” policy, it has actually kept informal relations with the island, including arms supplies, after breaking off diplomatic relations with it in 1979.

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