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Beijing sanctions US defense firms

China has imposed sanctions on US defense firms Lockheed Martin and Raytheon Technologies over arms sales to Taiwan. “In accordance with the relevant stipulations in China’s anti-foreign sanctions law, the Chinese government has decided to take countermeasures on the infringing acts of Raytheon Technologies and Lockheed Martin,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said on Monday. The sanctions were in response to the sale of $100 million worth of arms in early February. The arms deal had undermined China’s security interests, Wang said.

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