The Chinese authorities have seriously cautioned Washington over the US authorities’ decision to take sanctions against China’s General Armaments Department and its chief Li Shangfu for cooperation with a Russian defense industry company, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a news briefing on Friday, TASS reports.
"We have cautioned the US over this issue," he told a regular news briefing. "Such actions by Washington are a serious violation of international law."
The senior diplomat warned that such actions seriously undermined relations between Beijing and Washington.
"We are calling upon the United States to correct the mistake made and to cancel the sanctions. Otherwise the United States will have to reap the fruit of its own actions."
Also he expressed the certainty that growing US pressure on China and the sanctions against Chinese agencies would cause no serious effect on firm Russian-Chinese relations of strategic partnership in the defense sphere.
"China and Russia are strategic partners conducting regular cooperation on the principles of mutual trust and benefit along all lines, including national defense," he said. "In cooperation with Russia we will continue to implement agreements achieved between the leaders of China and Russia."
Geng said such cooperation between Beijing and Moscow relied on international law and caused favorable effects on the global and regional situation and was not directed against third parties.
On Thursday, the office of Foreign Assets Control of the US Treasury Department said that Washington had taken sanctions against China’s General Armaments Department and its chief Li Shangfu under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) following China’s purchase of ten Sukhoi-35 fighter jets in December 2017.