China has placed sanctions on the CEOs of US defense contractors Boeing Defense and Raytheon, Ted Colbert and Gregory Hayes. The punitive measures were said to be in response to defense contracts the two companies recently signed with Taiwan. The Chinese side did not provide details on the nature of sanctions or how they would be enforced. However, this is not an unusual approach to Chinese punitive measures. Neither company sells defense equipment to China, but both are active in the civil aviation business in the People’s Republic. Beijing had previously imposed sanctions on Raytheon, Boeing Defense and unspecified individuals over alleged involvement in arms sales to Taiwan. nib
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