China demands US stops unilateral sanctions over North Korea

China has lodged "stern representations" with the United States after Washington said it was imposing its largest package of sanctions to pressure North Korea.
China has lodged "stern representations" with the United States after Washington said it was imposing its largest package of sanctions to pressure North Korea.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

BEIJING (REUTERS) - China's Foreign Ministry said on Saturday (Feb 24) it was demanding the United States stop enacting unilateral sanctions against Chinese entities and individuals, after Washington said it was imposing its largest package of sanctions to pressure North Korea.

China has lodged "stern representations" with the United States over the sanctions, whose targets include a Taiwan passport holder, as well as shipping and energy firms in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore.

China "demands the US side immediately stops such relevant mistaken actions to avoid harming bilateral cooperation in the relevant area", the ministry said in a short statement.