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Sanctions vs firms linked to jet sale to Taiwan up


BEIJING: China blasted a huge planned US arms shipment to self-ruled Taiwan and threatened to sanction firms involved in the sale of F-16 fighter jets.

The US State Department on Tuesday approved the transfer of 66 Lockheed Martin-built F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan in a $8-billion deal, following another huge military hardware sale agreed just last month.

The deals come as ties between Washington and Beijing are already strained by a punitive multi-billion dollar trade war.

In this file photo taken on May 30, 2019 a US-made F-16 fighter jet (right) launches a flare during the 35th “Han Kuang” (Han Glory) military drill in southern Taiwan’s Pingtung county. The US State Department on August 21, 2019 approved the sale of 66 F-16 fighters to Taiwan, in a move expected to anger Beijing. AFP PHOTO

“China will take all necessary measures to safeguard our interests including imposing sanctions on the US companies participating in this arms sale to Taiwan,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a news briefing.

The sale “is a serious interference in our internal affairs and undermines our sovereignty and security interests,” he said.

China views Taiwan as part of its territory and has vowed to one day seize it by force if necessary.

It bristles at any countries that might lend Taiwan diplomatic support or legitimacy.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement Tuesday that President Donald Trump had approved the proposed sale after Congress was notified last week.

The F-16s “are deeply consistent with the arrangements, the historical relationship between the United States and China”, Pompeo said.

“Our actions are consistent with past US policy. We are simply following through on the commitments we’ve made to all of the parties.”

China said it had lodged diplomatic protests against the deal and on Wednesday urged the US to “cancel this arms sale plan at once, stop selling arms to Taiwan and cut its military contact with Taiwan.”


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Today’s Front Page January 18, 2020

Today’s Front Page January 18, 2020