China imposes sanctions on american companies involved in u.S.’S latest arms deal with taiwan.
In peking, the spokesman for the ministry of agriculture, geng shuang, said that the rust supplies were a "serious violation" of the agreements between china and the united states and undermined china’s sovereignty and national security. "To protect national interests, china will impose sanctions on u.S. Companies involved in arms sales with taiwan." He did not give details of the punitive measures at first.
The communist leadership regards the democratic island republic as part of the people’s republic, although taiwan has never been part of it. Also, peking threatens to conquer by force, against which taiwan wants to resist with its weapons. The shipment of rusted goods further strains relations between the two major economies, already strained by the U.S. Trade war with china.
The unusual move is china’s reaction to the planned US arms deal with taiwan for about two billion dollars (about 1.7 billion euros). Appropriate plans have been approved by the U.S. Department of defense and reported to congress. Among other things, 108 M1A2T abrams tanks and 250 stinger missiles, machine guns and equipment are involved. The government in beijing had asked the U.S. To refrain from doing so.
Beijing is also trying to isolate taiwan internationally. Aubenamt spokesman geng shuang protested that taiwan’s president tsai ing-wen is currently making a two-day transit stop in new york on her way to the caribbean. The u.S. Should not allow such visits and should refrain from giving a platform to "taiwanese independence forces". President tsai, critical of peking and distancing herself, was scheduled to give a speech to taiwanese businessmen in new york.
Chinese sanctions on U.S. Firms surprised, as washington has long supplied arms to taiwan. Four decades ago, the u.S. Even made a legal commitment to the island’s defensibility. When the U.S. Diplomatically recognized the communist leadership in beijing in 1979, it had to break off relations with taipei. Beijing does not allow other countries to maintain simultaneous relations with taiwan.
Also as a warning to beijing, the U.S. Congress adopted the "taiwan relations act" in 1979, which even legally regulates further support. In it, the U.S. Pledged to provide taiwan with "weapons of a defensive nature" and "enable taiwan to maintain sufficient self-defense capability.". Any attempt to "determine the future of taiwan by other than peaceful means" is defined as a threat to the western pacific and a gross concern of the U.S.
U.S. Forces should maintain their ability to "oppose any use of force or other form of coercion that threatens the security or social and economic system of the taiwanese people," it added. Thus, china has deployed hundreds of missiles on its shores targeting taiwan.
Dispute over taiwan’s status dates back to china’s civil war. Thus, after their defeat by the communists in 1949, the troops of the national chinese kuomintang had fled to taiwan and continued their "republic of china" there. Later, however, taipei backed away from its claim to represent all of china. In the 90s, the country democratized, but today it is only recognized by less than 20 mostly smaller states.
Taiwan buries arms shipments. The island will accelerate its investment in national defense and strengthen its partnership with the U.S. And other like-minded countries to ensure security and stability in the pacific region, a spokesman for the president’s office said. The U.S. Department of defense stressed that the arms sale would not change the military balance in the region.