Authorities in China have called for the denunciation of the United States by the US ambassador in Beijing for imposing new economic sanctions on a Chinese military organization. The organization has been sanctioned for buying equipment from Russia.
Chinese naval commander, Shen Jinlong, was recalled while he was attending a naval conference in the United States. Chinese military has also deferred a meeting, scheduled for September, on joint staff communications amid the two nations.
These stern moves by Chinese intend to pressurize US to recede the imposed sanctions. According to the state news agency Xinhua, Wu Qian, spokesperson for the Ministry of Defense said, the US-imposed sanctions are “a flagrant breach of basic rules of international relations” and “a stark show of hegemonis.”
The diplomatic spat has elevated the differences between the world’s two biggest economies.
The State Department, on Thursday, declared sanctions on the Equipment Development Department of the Chinese Central Military Commission for “carrying out significant transactions” with a blacklisted group in the Russian defense sector.
“China procured Russian Su-35 combat aircraft and equipment corresponding to the S-400 surface-to-air missile system.”
The State Department said it was sanctioning the Russian and Chinese officials for going against the United States’ law to penalize Iran, North Korea and Russia for alleged hostile conduct. Russia was sanctioned last year as a retaliation against its military actions in Ukraine and Syria, along with its alleged cyber-interference in the 2016 American presidential election.
The long-standing tensions amid the United States and China have feuded over a trade war that President Trump started in 2018. Last week, Trump declared tariffs on an added $200 billion worth of goods from China, which instigated China to strike back. Even China promised to impose same tariffs on $60 billion worth of goods from the United States. Further, China has also invalidated trade talks, which were scheduled for the current week in Washington.