News ID: 231697
Published: 1214 GMT September 23, 2018

China says US has 'no right' to interfere in Russia military cooperation

China says US has 'no right' to interfere in Russia military cooperation
JASON LEE/REUTERS

China’s decision to buy fighter jets and missile systems from Russia is a normal act of cooperation between sovereign countries and the United States has “no right to interfere”, Defense Ministry spokesman Wu Qian said on Saturday.

On Thursday, the US State Department imposed sanctions on China’s Equipment Development Department (EED), the branch of the military responsible for weapons procurement, after it engaged in “significant transactions” with Rosoboronexport, Russia’s main arms exporter, Reuters reported.

The sanctions are related to China’s purchase of 10 SU-35 combat aircraft in 2017 and S-400 surface-to-air missile system-related equipment in 2018, the State Department said.

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

“The US approach is a blatant violation of the basic norms of international relations, a full manifestation of hegemony, and a serious breach of the relations between the two countries and their two militaries,” Wu said in a notice posted on the Chinese defense ministry’s official Wechat account.

He warned that the United States would face “consequences” if it did not immediately revoke the sanctions.

On Friday, Moscow lashed out at Washington's new anti-Russian sanctions that also target China for the first time, warning the United States could face consequences.

The United States is “playing with fire,” Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said, while Beijing voiced “strong indignation” over the move, AFP reported.

United in their resentment of America’s global influence, China and Russia have sought in recent years to tighten up their ties and this month conducted week-long joint military drills, Moscow’s largest ever war games.

On Thursday, China – which is also locked in a trade war with Washington – got caught up in the sanctions war against Russia as the United States announced the new raft of measures that would punish third countries for dealing with Moscow.

   
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