US FIRMS TO BE SANCTIONED BY CHINA OVER SELLING ARMS TO TAIWAN

China will impose unspecified sanctions on US firms due to selling arms to Taiwan. Boeing Co.’s defense unit, Lockheed Martin Corp. and Raytheon Technologies Corp. are the companies to be sanctioned after US State Department approved $1.8 billion in arms sales to Taiwan last week.

The latest arms sale with Taiwan includes 135 Slam-extended-range land attack missiles from Boeing, Himars mobile artillery rocket systems from Lockheed and Raytheon surveillance and reconnaissance sensors to be mounted on aircrafts.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian told reporters that the sanctions will be imposed in order to uphold national interests.

China had previously threatened to sanction US companies, including General Dynamics Corp. and Honeywell International Inc. , on numerous occasions over arms sale to Taiwan.

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