Published: Fri, September 21, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

‘Immediately correct mistake’: China warns after USA imposes sanctions

‘Immediately correct mistake’: China warns after USA imposes sanctions

"China expresses strong indignation at these unreasonable actions by the US side and has already lodged stern representations", Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters in Beijing, adding the moved seriously harmed bilateral relations and military ties.

"We strongly urge the United States side to correct the mistakes immediately and revoke the so-called sanctions". Beijing's decision to purchase Russian Su-35 fighter jets and S-400 surface-to-air missile system drew Washington's ire.

It is the first time the Trump administration targeted a third country with its Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act of 2017 (CAATSA), created to punish Russian Federation for its seizure of Crimea and other activities.

Moscow denies any effort to meddle in USA politics, although Vladimir Putin admitted at a summit this summer with Trump that he wanted the Republican to prevail in the 2016 election over Hillary Clinton.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said in a statement it seemed to Moscow that imposing sanctions on Russia had become a national US pastime, noting that the latest wave of restrictions was the 60th sanctions package since 2011.

The US Department of State said the sanctions were invoked under Section 231 of the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act of 2017 "for engaging in significant transactions with persons on the [List of Specified Persons]".

The US official, who did not wish to be identified emphasised that the ultimate target of these sanctions was Russian Federation.

"Caatsa sanctions in this context are not meant to undermine the defence capabilities of any particular country" but are "aimed at imposing costs on Russian Federation in response to its malign activities".

However, a politician in Moscow said the sanctions would not affect Russian sales of military weapons to other countries.

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"I am sure that these contracts will be executed in line with the schedule", Klintsevich was quoted as saying by Russia's Interfax news agency.

The Trump administration slapped China's Equipment Development Department - the country's leading arms acquisition body - with penalties on Thursday.

"The imposition of USA sanctions will have zero impact on Russian arms sales to China", said Ian Storey, of Singapore's ISEAS Yusof Ishak Institute.

"Both countries are opposed to what they see as USA bullying and these kind of actions will just push Beijing and Moscow even closer together", he said, adding that Moscow needed Chinese money and Beijing wanted advanced military technology. China, which relies on technology for its military modernisation has stepped up its military ties with Russian Federation.

Beijing has not joined in the sanctions imposed on Moscow by the USA and its Western allies since 2014.

"If this particular escalation on Washington's part continues then it's no telling what the ultimate result will bring", Horne told RT, adding that both Washington and Beijing would be affected by the consequences.

He declined to answer a question whether the USA would be taking similar action against countries, like Turkey, that buy S-400 missile defence system.

China recently bought 10 Russian Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets and S-400 missiles.

In practice, this provision means CAATSA presupposed the application of United States restrictive measures to third countries cooperating with Russia's defense manufacturing sector and intelligence organizations.

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