China To Sanction US Defence Firms Boeing Defence, Lockheed Martin & Raytheon Corp Over Arms Sales To Taiwan

China To Sanction US Defence Firms Boeing Defence, Lockheed Martin & Raytheon Corp Over Arms Sales To Taiwan US President Donald Trump and China President Xi Jingping.

Miffed over the United States’ (US) recent approval of $1.8 billion arms sales to Taiwan, China has decided to impose unspecified sanctions on the US-based defence majors Raytheon Technologies Corp, Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Corp's defence unit Boeing Defence, reports Hindustan Times.

The latest $1.8 billion arms sale was approved by the State Department of the US headed by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo days ago. The package has been submitted to the Congress for a final review.

The new package includes the sale of 135 SLAM-extended-range land-attack missiles from Boeing, Himars mobile artillery rocket systems from Lockheed, and Raytheon's aircraft-mounted surveillance and reconnaissance sensors.

If cleared by the US' Congress, this package would come in addition to the recent sale of Lockheed Martin's F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan. The sale of 66 new model F-16 Block 70 fighter jets was finalised in August.

Meanwhile, it should be noted that China had also imposed sanctions on Lockheed Martin in bygone July over a previous arms sale to Taiwan. However, the US-based defence major has stated that its presence in China is limited.