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China threatens sanctions against firms in Taiwan arms sale

/ 06:56 PM December 17, 2015

BEIJING— China is threatening sanctions against companies involved in the US government’s $1.83 billion sale of navy frigates and other military equipment to Taiwan.

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The threat was included in a formal protest delivered late Wednesday by Vice Foreign Minister Zheng Zeguang to Washington’s second-highest ranking diplomat in Beijing.

A statement from the Foreign Ministry said Zheng issued a formal diplomatic protest and said the arms sales severely harmed China’s sovereignty and security interests.

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Zheng said China would take all necessary measures to defend its national interests, including sanctioning the arms firms involved in the sale.

China considers Taiwan a part of Chinese territory to be eventually unified with, by force if necessary. It has stridently protests all arms sales to the self-governing island, as well as threatened firms involved. TVJ

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