China sanctions Boeing, Raytheon executives over Taiwan arms deal
China’s previous sanctions have prevented people from entering or doing business in China, Hong Kong or Macau, measures that would likely have little effect on Colbert or Hayes.
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Last Updated Sep 16, 2022 10:09 PM IST
China said it was sanctioning two top executives from Boeing and Raytheon Technologies for the US’ biggest arms deal with Taiwan in nearly two years, a move that usually ends up being symbolic for those targeted. Beijing has taken action against Ted Colbert, managing director of Boeing Defense, Space & Security, and Raytheon CEO Gregory Hayes, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning said Friday at a regular press briefing. . “The arms sales seriously undermine China’s sovereignty and security interests, and seriously damage China-US relations and peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait,” Mao said. without providing details of the measurements. “China firmly opposes them and strongly condemns them.” Previous Chinese sanctions have prevented people from entering or doing business in China, Hong Kong or Macau, measures that would likely have little effect on Colbert or Hayes. In August, China sanctioned House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for a visit to Taiwan – the first by someone in her position in a quarter century. His trip raised the ire of China because it sees democracy as part of its territory to be taken by force if necessary, and the People’s Liberation Army responded to his trip with unprecedented military exercises and firing missiles over Taiwan. Taipei rejects Beijing’s claims, saying it deserves greater recognition on the world stage. Earlier this month, the State Department approved the $1.1 billion arms sale for which Boeing and Raytheon executives were sanctioned.
The deal is the largest since a $2.4 billion sale in October 2020.
It includes logistical support from a Taiwanese radar program, up to 60 Harpoon anti-ship missiles and around 100 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles. Both weapons have already been sold to Taiwan, and Ukraine used harpoons from the United States to thwart Russia’s attack.
First published: Friday, September 16, 2022. 10:09 p.m. IST