US sanctions: China warns of consequences

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and President of China Xi Jinping

Beijing has threatened that Washington will face “consequences” if it doesn’t withdraw the recent batch of sanctions against China over military cooperation with Russia.

China’s Foreign Ministry said Washington should immediately correct its “mistakes” before it’s too late or face the consequences for the decision.

“We strongly call on the US to remedy the mistake and cancel the sanctions. Otherwise, the US has to bear the consequences,” Chinese media cited spokesperson Geng Shuang as saying.

The Trump administration slammed China’s Equipment Development Department – the country’s leading arms acquisition body – with penalties on Thursday.

The sanctions are related to China’s purchase of 10 SU-35 combat aircraft in 2017 and S-400 surface-to-air missile system-related equipment in 2018, the State Department said.

They block the Chinese agency, from applying for export licenses and participating in the U.S. financial system.

It also adds them to the Treasury Department’s list of specially designated individuals with whom Americans are barred from doing business.

The administration also blacklisted an additional 33 people and entities associated with the Russian military and intelligence, adding them to a list under the 2017 law, known as the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, or CAATSA.

The US’ measures will not, however, affect Sino-Russian strategic cooperation, which will only further grow, Geng stated.