China summons US ambassador over military sanctions

US sanctions Chinese military

China summons US ambassador over military sanctions

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China summoned the American ambassador and the defense attache and recalled its navy commander from a USA trip to deliver a strong protest against economic sanctions Washington lodged over the purchase of Russian fighter jets and surface-to-air missile equipment.

The Chinese foreign ministry summoned the USA ambassador to protest against USA sanctions on the equipment development department of the Chinese military and its director, the official media reported on Saturday. The U.S. says China is in breach of sanctions Washington imposed on Moscow over Russia's role in Ukraine and its alleged interference in U.S. politics.

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement that China's Equipment Development Department and director Li Shangfu made a "significant transaction" involving the purchase of Russian combat aircraft and surface-to-air missiles.

China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang, however, said the sanctions "seriously violated the basic norms of worldwide relations and seriously damaged the relations between China and the United States", NBC News reports.

The Chinese ministry responded to the tariffs, stating: "The Chinese side has made the decision to immediately call back People's Liberation Army Navy head, Shen Jinlong, who was taking part in the 23rd International Seapower Symposium and planned to make a visit to the USA".

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The official, speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity, insisted that the sanctions were aimed at Moscow, not Beijing.

It was the first time the Trump administration targeted a third country with its Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act of 2017 (CAATSA), created to punish Russian Federation for its seizure of Crimea and other activities.

"China is the first country in the world to use both of those systems", the official said.

What's the endgame in the US-China trade war? "We hope it will be paid attention to because ... our goal is to prevent these types of transactions", he added.

Zheng said the sanctions severely violate basic norms governing worldwide relations.

He warned that the United States would face "consequences" if it did not immediately revoke the sanctions.

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