On Thursday, Trump’s Administration imposed sanctions on the Chinese military for purchasing fighter jets and missile systems from Russia violating the U.S. sanctions law punishing Russia for meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, as Reuters reports.
The Chinese Government expressed anger and demanded the sanctions be lifted.
“The U.S. State Department said it would immediately impose sanctions on China’s Equipment Development Department (EDD), the military branch responsible for weapons and equipment, and its director, Li Shangfu, for engaging in “significant transactions” with Rosoboronexport, Russia’s main arms exporter,” the news agency reads.
According to the State Department, the sanctions were imposed as China bought 10 SU-35 combat aircraft in 2017 and S-400 surface-to-air missile system-related equipment in 2018.
“They block the Chinese agency, and Li, from applying for export licenses and participating in the U.S. financial system,” the message says.
The U.S. blacklisted another 33 individuals and entities associated with the Russian military and intelligence.
“China expresses strong indignation at these unreasonable actions by the U.S. side and has already lodged stern representations. We strongly urge the U.S. side to immediately correct the mistake and rescind the so-called sanctions, otherwise the U.S. side will necessarily bear responsibility for the consequences,” Geng Shuang, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman, told reporters in Beijing.
It was also noted that China had “normal” military exchanges with Russia which aim is to protect regional peace, which is not against the international law.