China To Sanction Lockheed Martin, Boeing Unit Over Taiwan Arms Sale

Andrew Cummings
October 26, 2020

As tensions continue to mount between China and the USA over Taiwan, Beijing has imposed sanctions on Lockheed Martin - the developers of stealth F-22 Raptors and F-35 jets, Boeing Defense, Raytheon as well as individuals and entities that are involved in arms sales to the island of Taiwan.

The exact details of the sanctions have yet to be announced, but Zhao said they will apply to "relevant U.S. individuals and entities that played a negative role in the arms sales".

Under the administration of President Donald Trump the U.S. has brought Taiwan into play as part of a wider diplomatic and economic squeeze of its rival, sending high-level envoys and boosting arms sales.

Beijing insists the self-ruled island is part of its territory and has vowed to respond with force if Taipei ever formally moves towards declaring independence.

"To safeguard China's national interests, the central government chose to take necessary measures to impose sanctions on USA entities participating in the US arms sales to Taiwan, including Lockheed Martin, Boeing Defense and Raytheon", Zhao told reporters at Monday's daily press briefing. They include truck-based rocket launchers produced by Lockheed Martin, Boeing AGM-84H long-range air-to-ground missiles, and external sensor pods for F-16 jets, which are manufactured by a subsidiary of Raytheon Technologies, according to formal notifications received by the US Congress.

The two USA giants were involved in a recent sale of $1 billion worth of missiles to Taiwan, alongside Raytheon.

Beijing has always called Taiwan "an inseparable part of its territory" and asked other countries to adhere to the "One China" policy.

China has also launched a diplomatic offensive aimed at courting Taiwan's few official allies, persuading the Solomon Islands and Kiribati to switch sides previous year.

Beijing in turn has accused Washington of violating agreements signed in the 1970s establishing diplomatic relations between the two governments. "We will impose sanctions on the main contractor of this arms sale - Lockheed Martin".

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