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2018-09-21T06:58:17+00:00 September 21st, 2018|

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the US government has slapped punitive sanctions on a key unit of the Chinese military for buying Russian fighter jets and surface-to-air missiles Washington said that the purchases by the equipment development department edie of China’s Ministry of Defense violated US sanctions on Russia both the ed and its director li Shang foo have been named in Thursday’s sanctions Henry Kissinger didn’t press Trump to work with Russia to box in China the action as aimed at imposing costs on Russia in response to its malign activities a senior US administration official said referring to alleged hacking by Russia during the u.s. 2016 presidential election and its military intervention in eastern Ukraine one State Department official who briefed reporters and spoke on condition of anonymity insisted that the sanctions were intended to affect Russia elite not China or its military the ultimate target of these sanctions is Russia the official told reporters on a conference call adding that the sanctions in this context are not intended to undermine the defense capabilities of any particular country they are instead aimed at imposing costs upon Russia and response which malign activities in a news release the u.s. Department of State said that the sanctions had been invoked under Section 231 of countering America’s adversaries through sanctions act of 2017 CAA TSA for engaging in significant transactions with persons on that list of specified persons why China Russia war games should give the West past these transactions involved Russia’s transfer to China of Russian Sukhoi su-35 combat aircraft and s400 surface-to-air missile system related equipment China received ten to thirty five s in December 2017 and a first batch of s400 missile system related equipment this year the statement said both transactions resulted from pre August 2nd 2017 deals negotiated between ed and Roseau bore and export row Russia’s main arms export entity it added it was founded in 2016 by Chinese President Xi Jinping with a remit of overseeing and improving the country’s military technology it is a key part of the Central Military Commission that controls the Chinese military the sanctions will deny at any foreign export licenses prohibited from making foreign exchange transactions within us jurisdiction are using the US financial system and block its property and interests within US control sanctions unli will also prohibit his using the US financial system in making foreign exchanges and block any of his property or interests he will also be prohibited from having a u.s. visa cheating on North Korea sanctions says US envoy to the UN section 231 of CAA TSA in today’s actions are not intended to undermine the military capabilities our combat readiness of any country but rather to impose costs on Russia and response to its interference in the United States election process it’s unacceptable behavior in eastern Ukraine and other malign activities the statement said today’s actions further demonstrate the Department of State’s continuing commitment to fully implement CAA tsa section 231 which has already deterred billions of dollars worth of potential arms exports from Russia State encourages all persons to avoid engaging in transactions with entities on the LSP that may risk sanctions including high-value major transactions for sophisticated weapons systems when asked about the sanctions possible impact on us-china military relations Pentagon spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Logan told the South China Morning Post that the Department of Defense want speculate on potential impacts these sanctions could have on mil-mil relations a spokeswoman at the Chinese embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment this is the second time in as many weeks that the US government has sanctioned entities related to China on September 14th the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control announced sanctions against web design and app development companies in China that are owned and managed by North Koreans representative ed Royce the California Republican who is the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee said that those companies used slave labor to help further Pyongyang’s weapons program the Treasury identified the ambien Silver Star Network technology company of Jilin China also known as China Silver Star its North Korean chief executive Zhang Zhang hua and a sister company bolus s Silver Star of Ladda Vostok Russia as part of this scheme Thursday’s sanctions were imposed by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in consultation with Treasury Secretary Stephen minuchin and at the behest of President Donald Trump according to the release also on Thursday the Trump administration blacklisted a further 33 people and entities associated with Russian military and intelligence adding them to a sanctions list under CA a TSA additional reporting by Jen Hulu Agence france-presse and writers contributed to this story