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China to sanction CEOs of Boeing Defense and Raytheon over Taiwan sales

China plans to impose sanctions on the chief executives of Boeing Defense and Raytheon over their involvement in Washington’s latest arms sales to Taiwan. Chinese Foreign Ministry announced that the sanctions are in response to the US State Department’s approval of the sale of military equipment to Taiwan, which includes 60 anti-ship missiles and 100 air-to-air missiles.

Boeing Defense CEO Ted Colbert and Raytheon boss Gregory Hayes will be sanctioned “in order to protect China’s sovereignty and security interests,” China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said. She added that both companies were involved in these arms sales.

“The Chinese side once again urges the US government and relevant entities to stop selling arms to Taiwan and US-Taiwan military contacts,” Mao said.

He did not elaborate on what these sanctions will entail or on how they are expected to be enforced. Neither company sells defence products to China, however, both have robust commercial aviation businesses there.

US defence procurement rules generally prohibit content of Chinese origin, so sanctions have had no impact on the US military.

The Pentagon announced the military package in the wake of China’s aggressive military drills around Taiwan following the visit last month of US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the highest-ranking US official to travel to Taipei in years.

A Raytheon spokesman declined to comment, while Boeing said it plans to remarket some of the airplanes that it had earmarked for Chinese airlines now that geopolitical tensions have delayed deliveries.

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