China to cut ties with US firms selling arms to Taiwan


China says the government and Chinese companies will sever business ties with US firms selling arms to self-ruled Taiwan.

Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Geng Shuang revealed this during a daily news briefing on Monday, adding that the arms sales were a violation of international law and harmed China’s sovereignty and national security.

“China’s government and Chinese companies will not cooperate or have commercial contacts with these US companies,” Shuang said.

On Friday, Beijing vowed that it would sanction US companies selling weapons to Taiwan but did not provide further details.

Earlier this month, the Pentagon announced that the US State Department had approved the sale of $2.2 billion in arms to Taiwan, including 108 M1A2T Abrams tanks, 250 Stinger missiles, and related equipment, which are manufactured by Raytheon Company, a major US defense contractor and industrial corporation.

China claims self-ruled and democratic Taiwan as its own and has never renounced the use of force to bring it under Beijing’s control.


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