Kopar Khairane
National

Beijing imposes penalties on two US defense firms for selling weapons to Taiwan

<p>Due to their participation in arming Taiwan, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman received sanctions from Beijing on Friday.</p>
<p>The Taiwan Relations Act, passed by the US Congress, mandates that the self-governing democracy receive arms for defense.<img decoding=”async” class=”alignnone wp-image-183239″ src=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-release-of-the-2023-delhi-police-head-constable-admit-card-at-delhipolice-gov-in-i.jpg” alt=”theindiaprint.com release of the 2023 delhi police head constable admit card at delhipolice gov in i” width=”1275″ height=”714″ srcset=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-release-of-the-2023-delhi-police-head-constable-admit-card-at-delhipolice-gov-in-i.jpg 300w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-release-of-the-2023-delhi-police-head-constable-admit-card-at-delhipolice-gov-in-i-150×84.jpg 150w” sizes=”(max-width: 1275px) 100vw, 1275px” title=”Beijing imposes penalties on two US defense firms for selling weapons to Taiwan 6″></p>
<p>The administration of President Joe Biden recently announced a flurry of weapons sales to the territory, including one that for the first time authorized direct US military support to Taiwan under a program intended to help foreign governments.</p>
<p>Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning said at a routine press briefing that “despite China’s firm opposition, the US government is determined to provide weapons to Taiwan… seriously harming China’s sovereignty and security interests, and going further and further on the wrong and dangerous road of arming Taiwan.”</p>
<p>She said that Northrop Grumman had participated in sales “many times” and that Lockheed Martin had served as the primary contractor for the August 24 US weapons sales to Taiwan.</p>
<p>She remarked, without going into specifics on the restraints, “According to the Anti-Foreign Sanctions Law of the PRC, China has decided to impose sanctions on the above two US military companies.”</p>
<p>According to Mao, China has pushed the US to cease providing Taiwan with weapons.</p>
<p>She said, “If not, it will unavoidably encounter a firm response from China.”</p>
<p>– Sales of weapons</p>
<p>In August, the US announced that it had authorized the sale of Lockheed Martin-built cutting-edge sensor technology for Taiwan’s fighter fighters.</p>
<p>The devices increase airplanes’ capacity to identify threats in the air, boosting the likelihood that they will survive a conflict.</p>
<p>The sale, according to the US State Department at the time, would enable Taiwan in “meeting current and future threats by contributing to the recipient’s abilities to defend its airspace, provide regional security, and increase interoperability with the United States through its F-16 program”.</p>
<p>According to the State Department, Taiwan will be able to “maintain a credible defensive capability” with the use of the F-16 Infrared Search and Track systems and associated hardware.</p>
<p>Despite being tiny in comparison to previous purchases, the August approval of a further $80 million weapons deal was Taipei’s first aid under the Foreign Military Financing program, which typically entails grants or loans to independent nations.</p>
<p>Taiwan is a self-governing island that China claims as part of its territory and has threatened to annex it, using force if necessary. China is a growingly aggressive diplomatic and military power.</p>
<p>In order to immediately improve the island’s capacity to thwart a Chinese invasion, the United States revealed a $345 million military assistance plan in July.</p>
<p>The shipment, which included small weapons ammunition and equipment for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, according to an official, was to come from Washington’s own stockpiles, enabling it to be provided on a shorter timeframe than normal.</p>
<p>– Tensions in the region</p>
<p>Beijing earlier threatened to put penalties on Lockheed Martin over a weapons contract in February 2022 including $100 million in improvements to Taiwan’s Patriot missile defense system, which was made in the US.</p>
<p>At the time, Wang Wenbin, a spokesman for the Chinese foreign ministry, said that the sanctions, which also targeted the US defense company Raytheon, were put in place “to safeguard China’s sovereignty and security interests.”</p>
<p>Beijing also imposed sanctions on Lockheed Martin in 2020 as a result of its participation in the sale of missiles to Taiwan for close to $2 billion.</p>
<p>The announcement of further sanctions follows days of increased tension in the area.</p>
<p>According to Taiwan’s defense ministry, between Wednesday morning and Thursday morning, 68 Chinese aircraft and 10 navy vessels were seen in the vicinity of the island.</p>
<p>Beijing has increased pressure on Taiwan in recent years.</p>
<p>Following Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the island in August of last year, there was a sharp rise in the number of warplane flights over the island.</p>

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