The US ambassador to China was summoned to the Chinese Foreign Ministry on Saturday to receive an official Beijing complaint against the decision to sanction a Chinese military agency and its director for buying fighter planes and Russian anti-aircraft systems.
Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zheng Zeguang summoned Ambassador Terry Branstad to announce “strong protests” against the sanctions imposed by Washington, the ministry said.
A spokesman said earlier in the day that the decision to acquire fighter jets and missile defense systems from Russia was part of the normal cooperation between two sovereign states, and that the United States did not have ” the right to interfere in it “.
Thursday, the US State Department imposed sanctions on the Chinese Department of Equipment Development (EED), the military branch responsible for arms acquisitions, after “major deals” with Rosoboronexport, Russia’s leading arms exporter .
These sanctions concern the purchase by China of 15 Sukhoi Su-35 combat aircraft in 2017 and equipment associated with the S-400 ground-to-air systems in 2018, the State Department said.
China is the only country to have sophisticated S-400 systems in violation of US law sanctioning what Washington considers a “pernicious attitude” of Russia, said a State Department official Saturday.
This law was promulgated in 2017 to punish Russia for its interference in the US elections, its intervention in Ukraine and its participation in the civil war in Syria.
Chinese Foreign Minister Geng Shuang said on Friday his “outrage,” calling on the United States to withdraw its sanctions, failing which they will have to “pay the consequences”.
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