'Manifestation of hegemony': China slams U.S. sanctions over its Russian arms deal

Marsha Scott
September 25, 2018

The Defense Ministry said the USA had no right to interfere in Chinese military cooperation with Russian Federation and warned Saturday that the failure to revoke the sanctions would lead to unspecified consequences.

Friday's vague threat comes just a day after the USA sanctioned the Chinese military's Equipment Development Department and its director for buying military aircraft and missiles from Russia, CNN reports.

The sanctions bar the Chinese company from applying for export licences and involving in the USA financial system.

Ministry spokesman Wu Qian said the U.S. move was a "a flagrant breach of basic rules of global relations" and "a stark show of hegemonism" that severely damages relations between the two countries and their militaries, according to the official Xinhua news agency.

On Thursday, the US State Department imposed sanctions against China's defence procurement agency, the Equipment Development Department (EED).

Trump administration has imposed sanctions on Russian Federation and declared that any country that engages in defense or intelligence sharing with Russian Federation could also be subject to sanctions.

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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang expressed Beijing's "strong indignation" against Washington's move, saying it violated the basic norms of worldwide relations.

"We strongly urge the USA to immediately correct their mistake and withdraw their so-called sanctions, otherwise the U.S. will have to bear the consequences".

Also, China has cancelled a reported move to send Vice-Premier Liu He to Washington for talks to end the escalating trade war between the world's two largest economies, following imposition of tariffs on Chinese goods by the Trump administration.

China's purchase of the weapons from Rosoboronexport, Russia's main arms exporter, violated a 2017 law, the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), meant to punish the government of President Vladimir Putin for interfering in U.S. elections and other activities. While implementing the sanctions, Washington also added 33 Russians to the blacklist, bringing the total number to 72.

FILE - President Donald Trump meets with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He at the White House, May 17, 2018. On Friday, China's Foreign Ministry warned that the USA will have to bear the consequences unless it drops the restrictions. We can even see the excitement sweeping through U.S. politicians, who have become prisoners of their beliefs in their exceptionalism and hope that they will be able to impose their conditions on Russian Federation if they put a little more pressure.

The communist state bought Russian SU-35 fighter jets and S-400 surface-to-air missiles.

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