Beijing, September 21
An “outraged” China on Friday lodged a diplomatic protest with the US for imposing punitive sanctions on its military unit for buying Russian weapons, warning of “consequences” if the sanctions are not revoked.
The US State Department said on Thursday that the purchases of Russian Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets and S-400 surface-to-air missiles by China’s Equipment Development Department (EDD) of China’s Ministry of Defence violated US sanctions on Russia.
Both the EDD and its director, Li Shangfu, have been named in Thursday’s sanctions.
It is the first time the Trump administration targeted a third country with its Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act of 2017 (CAATSA), designed to punish Russia for its seizure of Crimea and other activities.
Reacting to the US move, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said, “China is strongly outraged by this unreasonable action of the US and lodged stern representations”.
“What the US has done gravely violated the basis norms governing the international relations and harmed the state-to-state and military-to-military relations between the two sides,” he said.
“We strongly urge the US side to address this mistake and revoke so called sanctions otherwise it will need to shoulder all possible consequences,” he said.