China sanctions Raytheon, Boeing Defence CEOs over U.S arms sale to Taiwan

The U.S. announced a $1.09 billion arms sale to Taiwan last week, including $355 million for Boeing's Harpoon missiles and $85 million for Raytheon's Sidewinder missiles

September 17, 2022 02:24 am | Updated 02:24 am IST - Beijing

Aircraft carriers and airplanes are seen in front of Chinese and Taiwanese flags in this illustration, August 6, 2022. Image for representational purposes only.

Aircraft carriers and airplanes are seen in front of Chinese and Taiwanese flags in this illustration, August 6, 2022. Image for representational purposes only. | Photo Credit: Reuters

China announced sanctions on Friday against the CEOs of American defence contractors Raytheon and Boeing Defence over a major U.S. arms sale to rival Taiwan.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning did not specify what the sanctions would be against Gregory Hayes, chairman, and CEO of Raytheon Technologies Corp., and Ted Colbert, president and CEO of Boeing Defense, Space and Security.

It wasn't immediately clear what impact they would have on the executives or their companies, but such sanctions are often mainly symbolic in nature.

The U.S. announced a $1.09 billion arms sale to Taiwan last week, including $355 million for Boeing's Harpoon missiles and $85 million for Raytheon's Sidewinder missiles.

“We once again urge the US government and relevant parties to...stop arms sales to Taiwan and military contact with Taiwan, and stop creating new factors that could lead to tensions in the Taiwan Strait," Mao said at a daily briefing.

China claims Taiwan, a self-governing island of 23 million people off its east coast, as its territory and says it must eventually come under its control. Taiwan and China split in 1949 during a civil war that brought the Communist Party to power in Beijing.

The U.S. does not formally recognise Taiwan under its one-China policy but is the island's main supplier of military equipment and is bound by its own laws to ensure Taiwan can defend itself.

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