China says will freeze out USA companies that sell Taiwan arms

China holds military drills near Taiwan, threatens sanctions for US companies

China said on Monday that it will sever all ties with USA companies that sell arms to Taiwan, in addition to imposing sanctions for attempting against national sovereignty and security.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the arms sales were a violation of worldwide law and harmed China's sovereignty and national security.

"We commend and appreciate the position of the Czech government, which showed moral courage and pragmatism in protecting the human rights of Taiwanese, and refusing China's [extradition] request", ministry spokesman Andrew Lee (李憲章) said.

In previous arms deals with Taiwan, in 2010 and 2015, China also announced steps against USA defense companies.

China claims self-ruled and vote based Taiwan as its very own and has never denied the utilization of power to bring it under Beijing's control. However, it remains to be seen how this will further affect relations between the US and China if Beijing follows through on its sanctions threat. "But believe this - Chinese people always stress standing by their word".

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The United States adheres to a "one-China" policy, officially recognising Beijing and not Taiwan, which Beijing regards as a renegade province. They are supplied by companies such as General Dynamics and Raytheon. It also said that Honeywell's air-conditioning systems are widely used in China, and Oshkosh makes fire trucks that are used in more than 60 airports across the country.

"Honeywell has no input into these agreements and has had no direct dealings with Taiwan. We see no reason why Honeywell would be potentially sanctioned by the Chinese government".

The latest tension between China and the USA also coincides with a trip by Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen to the United States to gather support.

This is not the first time China has said it would sanction US companies selling weapons to Taiwan. 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 China, the arms sale is a violation of global law. She is due to transit the United States again at the end of her trip next week.

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