Global Times recently reported that the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced sanctions against U.S. companies including Lockheed Martin, Boeing and Raytheon. The sanctions were in response to the U.S. Arms sales to Taiwan. This happened five days after the United States announced its US$1.8 billion defense sales to Taiwan for a HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System), SLAM-ER (Standoff Land Attack Missile-Expanded Response) extended range air-to-surface missiles, F-16 fighter jet new reconnaissance pod, and more. The Chinese announcement indicated these U.S. companies (and individuals) played a very ugly role in threatening China’s national interests. The deal may also extend to General Atomics’ unmanned aircraft and Boeing’s land-based harpoon anti-ship missiles, which may add another US$24 to the sales. China took this as a serious violation of the ‘One China’ principle and the provisions of the three Sino-US Joint Communiqués. It was also a serious interference in China’s internal affairs.
Source: Global Times, October 26, 2020