China summons US ambassador over military sanctions

The Heat: U.S. sanctions China military Pt1

The sanctions also blacklisted almost three dozen Russian individuals and entities, something the State Department said was to punish Russia for meddling in the election.

The US state department said the Chinese procurement of S-400 surface-to-air missiles and Sukhoi SU-35 jets from Russian Federation breached a US sanctions law targeting Russian Federation for its alleged meddling in the 2016 US election and its activities in Ukraine.

The statement on the Chinese Foreign Ministry's website called the imposition of sanctions "a serious violation of the basic principles of worldwide law" and a "hegemonic act".

Col Wu Qian, a spokesman for the ministry of national defence said that the military cooperation between China and Russian Federation is within the normal range of cooperation between sovereign states in accordance with global laws, and the USA has no right to interfere. The restrictions were triggered by two major arms deals between Beijing and Moscow - a 2017 agreement for 10 Su-35 fighter aircraft and a 2018 deal to supply S-400 air defense systems.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Friday that Beijing has lodged stern complaints with Washington over the sanctions and demands they be revoked.

The Chinese military urged the U.S. to correct its mistake and withdraw sanctions, or bear the consequences, Wu said.

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Raed Ben Khalid Qarmali made his comment when asked if Saudi Arabia is going ahead with its plan to purchase the system, just one day after America imposed sanctions on China for a similar deal with the Russians.

The US move was "a flagrant breach of basic rules of global relations" and a "stark show of hegemonism".

Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal reported that China had planned to send Vice Premier Liu He to Washington next week for trade talks, but canceled his trip, along with that of a midlevel delegation that was to precede him. The U.S.is scheduled to slap tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports Monday, adding to the more than $50 billion worth that already face U.S. import taxes. China has vowed to counterpunch with tariffs on $60 billion in US goods. China responded by adding $60 billion of US products to its import tariff list.

Trump has been putting pressure on China to reduce the trade deficit totalling United States dollars 335.4 billion in 2017.

"The announcement of new tariffs on United States dollars 200 billion worth of Chinese products by Trump administration indicated that both sides are not calm enough to resume their talks", he was quoted as saying in the report.

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