Taiwanese soldiers stand guard as CM-11 tanks are deployed in a military drill with live ammunition at an unnamed location, amid rising tensions with China, in Hsinchu, Taiwan, Dec. 21, 2021. Taiwan has faced increasingly intense military threats from China, including Chinese PLA fighter jets. sent to sail around the island, while the United States has been offering more arms sales to Taiwan. (Photo by Ceng Shou Yi/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
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China will sanction five US military manufacturers in response to the latest round of US arms sales to Taiwan, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Sunday.
US arms sales to Taiwan are a frequent source of tension between Washington and Beijing. China considers democratically governed Taiwan its territory, a claim Taiwan’s government rejects.
The sanctions come ahead of January 13 presidential and parliamentary elections in Taiwan, which China has presented as a choice between war and peace.
Last month, the US State Department approved the sale of $300 million worth of equipment to help maintain Taiwan’s tactical information systems.
The spokesperson said in a statement that the recent arms sales “seriously undermine China’s sovereignty and security interests and seriously endanger peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.”
China will freeze the assets of these companies and prohibit individuals or organizations in China from engaging with them, the spokesperson said.
The U.S. Embassy in Beijing did not immediately respond to a request for comment.