Trump Administration Sanctions Chinese Military Branch for Purchasing Russian Military Equipment

Kremlin slams new US sanctions affecting arms exports

Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Russian Federation has revealed his hope that the U.S. will not impose sanctions on his country for its plans to buy the S-400 missile defence system from Moscow, AlKhaleejonline.com reported on Friday.

Vice Foreign Minister Zheng Zeguang summoned Ambassador Terry Branstad and "lodged solemn representations over United States sanctions against (the) Chinese military", the People's Daily said in a brief report online.

The purchase of major military equipment like the multi-billion-dollar S-400 Triumf missile system from Russian Federation would be considered as a "significant transaction" and has a potential for imposing tough United States sanctions, the Trump administration said on Friday.

The communist state bought Russian SU-35 fighter jets and S-400 surface-to-air missiles.

Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Zheng Zeguang summoned Ambassador Terry Branstad to lodge "stern representations", the foreign ministry said.

The sanctions mean China's Equipment Development Department will be denied USA foreign export licenses, is banned from making foreign exchange transactions within US jurisdictions and is prohibited from using the USA financial system.

"India has made it clear to the US that it will go ahead with the S-400 purchase and other defense deals with Russian Federation", he said.

Russian Federation has criticized the USA sanctions on China.

A US flag is seen during a welcoming ceremony in Beijing, China, November 9, 2017.

President Donald Trump sanctioned a branch of China's military and its director Thursday, marking the first time the US leader has used the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), which Congress passed previous year.

Washington has expressed concern that Turkey's planned deployment of S-400s could threaten some USA -made weapons and other technology used by Turkey, including the F-35 fighter jet.

The two countries will launch new tariffs on Monday, with Washington targeting Dollars 200 billion in Chinese exports and Beijing hitting USD 60 billion worth of American products.

"We strongly urge the U.S. side to immediately correct the mistake and rescind the so-called sanctions, otherwise the United States side will necessarily bear responsibility for the consequences", he said, without giving details.

The issue could further worsen relations between Beijing and Washington, which are already engaged in an increasingly bitter trade war, and may spur China to retaliate.

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Geng said Beijing had lodged an official protest with the United States.

The U.S. sanctions will block the EED and its director, Li Shangfu, from applying for export licences and participating in the U.S. financial system.

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