Washington sanctions China for buying Russian military equipment

U.S. government has introduces sanctions against the Chinese army over a purchase of fighter jets and missile systems from Russia, despite a U.S. sanctions law targeting Moscow for attempts to sway in the 2016 U.S. election.

Canadian-British news agency Reuters reported on Friday, September 21, that the U.S. State Department has announced immediate impose sanctions on China’s Equipment Development Department, the branch of the Chinese military responsible for weapons and equipment, and its director, Li Shangfu, for involvement in «significant transactions» with Rosoboronexport, Russia’s main arms exporter.

The sanctions are linked 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 American foreign ministry noted.

The measures mean that the Chinese body, and Li, will not be able to apply for U.S. export licenses, participate in the U.S. financial system and adds them to the Treasury Department’s list of specially designated individuals with whom Americans are banned from doing business.

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