Beijing, July 14
China on Tuesday introduced sanctions on high American arms manufacturing agency Lockheed Martin in retaliation to the US State Department’s approval of a request by Taiwan for the recertification of PAC-Three air defence missiles constructed by the corporate.
“China firmly opposes US arms sales to Taiwan. We urge US to earnestly abide by the One-China principle, stop selling arms to Taiwan and cut its military ties with Taiwan, so that it will not cause further harm to bilateral ties, peace and security across the Taiwan straits,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian advised a media briefing right here.
His remarks comes days after the US State Department final week authorized Taiwan’s request for the recertification of its Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) air defence missiles at an estimated price of USD 620 million.
In an announcement on Thursday, the US Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) stated Congress had already been notified of the potential sale. According to US media experiences quoting DSCA, Taiwan has requested to purchase elements to refurbish its PAC-Three missiles to help an operational lifetime of 30 years. Lockheed Martin Corporation is the principle contractor for the deal.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman stated Beijing will impose sanctions on Lockheed Martin in retaliation. — PTI
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