China plans sanctions on CEOs of Boeing Defence, Raytheon over Taiwan arms sale

The sanctions are in response to the US State Department approving the sale of military equipment to Taiwan on Sept 2. PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING - China will impose sanctions on the chief executive officers of Boeing Defence and Raytheon over their involvement in Washington's latest arms sales to Taiwan, a foreign ministry spokesman said on Friday.

The sanctions on Boeing Defence, Space, and Security CEO Ted Colbert and Raytheon Technologies Corp boss Gregory Hayes are in response to the US State Department on Sept 2 approving the sale of military equipment to Taiwan.

Those sales include 60 anti-ship missiles and 100 air-to-air missiles, of which the respective principal contractors are Boeing Defence, a division of Boeing, and Raytheon.

Mr Colbert and Mr Hayes will be sanctioned "in order to protect China's sovereignty and security interests", said foreign ministry spokesman Mao Ning, citing "their involvement in these arms sales".

Ms Mao did not elaborate on what the sanctions would entail or how they would be enforced.

"The Chinese side once again urges the US government and relevant entities to... stop selling arms to Taiwan and US-Taiwan military contacts," she said.

The Pentagon announced the package in the wake of China's aggressive military drills around Taiwan following a visit last month by US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the highest-ranking US official to travel to Taipei in years.

China previously sanctioned Raytheon, Boeing Defence and unspecified individuals involved in arms sales to Taiwan.

Friday's announcement marks the first time Beijing identified and imposed sanctions against individuals from these companies.

Beijing regards self-ruled island of Taiwan a wayward province awaiting reunification with the mainland, by force if necessary. Taiwan says it will defend its freedoms and democracy. REUTERS

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