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China Threatens Blacklist of All U.S. Arms Companies Doing Business with Taiwan

By: Politicized News

· Global Affairs

China’s foreign ministry announced that the Chinese government will instruct all mainland companies to stop doing business with any weapons manufacturer that sells weapons to Taiwan. Though the foreign ministry failed to elaborate on the sanctions, it can be assumed that they are in response to the $2.2 billion arms package for Taiwan approved by the U.S. State Department last week. That shipment would include 108 M1A2T Abrams tanks, and 250 Stinger shoulder-mounted missile launchers, among other equipment replenishments.

“China’s government and Chinese companies will not cooperate or have commercial contacts with these U.S. companies. I can’t reveal the details at the moment, but believe this, Chinese people always stress standing by their word.” This statement was accompanied by posting on the government’s official “WeChat” account, outlining the companies that would be put on a trade blacklist. Included in the list was fighter jet manufacturer Gulf-Stream Aerospace and Honeywell International, manufacturer of the Abrams tank. 

This isn’t the first time the Chinese government threatened such sanctions. The Chinese foreign ministry said that it would blacklist U.S. arms companies in 2010 and 2015, but it’s unclear if those sanctions were imposed. The Chinese government has, however, barred the United States from making any arms deals with Beijing, blacklisting arms companies after the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989.

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