China FURY: Beijing wages sanction war on US defence companies after Taiwan arms sale

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Beijing sanctioned Lockheed Martin, Boeing Defense, Space and Security and Raytheon, in a major warning to Washington as tensions worsen. Beijing has also sanctioned individual US officials who organised the arms sales with Taiwan. Firebrand Chinese foreign minister Zhao Lijian said “the US individuals and entities who played an egregious role” in selling arms to Taiwan will be sanctioned.

Mr Zhao added: “The US arms sales to Taiwan severely violate the one-China principle.

“It also violates the three China-US joint communiqués and seriously undermine China’s sovereignty and security interests. China firmly opposes and strongly condemns it.

“We will continue taking necessary measures to safeguard national sovereignty and security interests.”

However, a spokesman for Boeing said the company wished to enhance its partnership with China’s aviation community.

The sanctions come as retaliation for a major arms deal between the US and Taiwan that saw the island purchase a $2.37bn (£1.82bn) Boeing-made Harpoon Coastal Defense System.

Taiwan also purchased rocket artillery, sensors and new missiles costing $1.8bn (£1.32bn).

In August, Taiwan bought 66 F-16 fighter jets from the US.

This has all angered China, especially president Xi Jinping who has vowed to take over the islands as part of his expansionist strategy.

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In September, US undersecretary for economic affairs Keith Krach made a two-day visit to Taiwan.

Beijing saw this as an assault on their ‘One China’ principle that they want the international community to observe.

Beiking’s view is that Taiwan is an integral part of China, although Beijing suggests it is prepared to recognise the fact that Taiwan has a different political system.

Beijing lay claim to the island democracy that has remained independent from mainland China since the end of the Chinese Civil War.

In 1949, the Nationalists, under Chiang Kai-shek i, fled to Taiwan after losing the war.

Beijing, under control of the Chinese Communist Party, has not recognised Taiwan as an independent entity.

With parallels with the Korean Civil War, no armistice or peace treaty has ever been signed between Taiwan and China to show that the war has legally ended.

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