Beijing: China summoned its US ambassador Terry Branstad on Saturday to lodge an official protest over sanctions imposed by the US on a Chinese military unit for purchasing advanced fighter jets and missile systems from Russia. Also Read - China's Coronavirus-hit Hubei Province Begins Domestic Flights
As per media reports, the Chinese Foreign Ministry summoned the US ambassador to protest against US sanctions on the equipment development department of the Chinese military and its director. China has even cancelled a reported move to send Vice-Premier Liu He to Washington for talks to end the increasing trade war between the two nations, following the imposition of tariffs on Chinese goods by the Trump administration. Also Read - Coronavirus: No Discussion in UNSC on COVID-19 Outbreak as China Blocks Estonia's Proposal
China had called on the United States (US) on Friday to withdraw sanctions it imposed on the Chinese military organisation for buying Russian weapons or bear the consequences. Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said, “The Chinese side expresses strong indignation over the above-mentioned unreasonable practices of the US side.” Also Read - Chinese Newspaper Blames US Cyclist For Covid-19; 'We Need to Unite,' Say Xi, Trump
Geng had said, “The US actions have seriously violated the basic principles of international relations and seriously damaged the relations between the two countries and the two militaries. We strongly urge the US to immediately correct their mistake and withdraw their so-called sanctions, otherwise, the US will have to bear the consequences.”
Prior to this, the US State Department had said that it was placing financial sanctions on the Equipment Development Department of the Chinese Ministry of Defence, and its top administrator, for the recent purchase of Russian Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets and S-400 surface-to-air missiles.