China said on Monday that it will sever all ties with U.S. companies that sell arms to Taiwan, in addition to imposing sanctions for attempting against national sovereignty and security.
The US announced plans for sales of $2.2 billion in tanks, missiles and related military hardware to Taiwan in June, drawing the ire of Beijing, which sees such sales as interference in its sovereignty claims over the self-ruled island.
Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Geng Shuang revealed this during a daily news briefing on Monday, adding that the arms sales were a violation of worldwide law and harmed China's sovereignty and national security.
The exercises come days after the United States authorized a new large arms package for Taiwan - the largest such combined sale under the Trump administration.
In a loud and clear message to the United States about its territory, China held military drills off the coast of Taiwan.
China earlier said that it will impose sanctions on USA companies involved in arms sales to Taiwan following the United States' announcement of a plan to sell weapons worth 2.22 billion US dollars to Taiwan.
China said on Friday it would endorse USA organizations offering weapons to Taiwan yet did not intricate.
"I can't reveal the details at the moment".
On Sunday, the decision Communist Party's official People's Daily posted an article on its WeChat record recognizing US organizations that could be defenseless against authorizations.
They included Honeywell International, which makes the engines for the Abrams tanks, and private jet maker Gulfstream Aerospace, which is owned by General Dynamics. It added that the company "has no input into these agreements and has had no direct dealings with Taiwan".
The Chinese Communist Party's official People's Daily on Sunday posted an article on its WeChat account identifying U.S. companies that could be vulnerable to sanctions. Beijing did not disclose details about the sanctions. China has announced such steps at least twice before - in 2010 and 2015 - but it is unclear if the sanctions were ever imposed. American companies are not allowed to sell weapons to China since that country cracked down the student uprising in Tiananmen Square in 1989.
According to an announcement released on Sunday by the Chinese Ministry of Defense, the exercise took place "in the water and air space including China's southeast coastal areas in recent days", according to a short report on the exercise released on the Ministry of Defense website. She is due to transit the United States again at the end of her trip next week.
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