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China will sanction US firms providing arms to Taiwan

China said it would sanction US firms that sell arms to Taiwan. The announcement came after Washington approved possible sales of US$2.2 billion in tanks, missiles and related equipment. They were requested by Taiwan earlier in 2019 in order to bolster its defences — “in the face of pressure” from China. Beijing’s Foreign Ministry slammed the arms sales as harmful to China’s sovereignty and national security.

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