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Another Sanction On China, This Time For Purchasing Russian Weapons

After China bought Russian S-400 surface-to-air missiles and ten Sukhoi Su-35 military fighter jets, sanctions were imposed on the country by the US because they violate sanctions on Moscow by the US for alleged political interference and Russian actions in Ukraine. Beijing has declined to be a part of these sanctions imposed upon Moscow by America and its allies in the West since 2014. After the 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, Russian and the US relations deteriorated rapidly. These tensions were further increased by Russia’s military involvement in the ongoing civil war in Syria and their alleged meddling in the American presidential election.

Li Shangfu, head of China’s Equipment Development Department, along with the EDD has been sanctioned for doing business with Rosoboronexport, state arms exporter of Russia. Americans have been forbidden from associating with them in any field of business. Li and the EDD are now on the list of blocked persons which means that all the assets that they hold in the US are now frozen in addition to not being given export licenses and exclusion from American financial system. Another 33 entities and people involved with Russian intelligence and military were also blacklisted by Washington.

The Caasta was passed last year to give Trump administration the needed ways to target Iran, Russia, and North Korea with economic and political sanctions. On Thursday American president Donald Trump gave an executive order with the intention of implementing the sanctions. A senior official of administration stated that their main focus is to target Russia and impose costs on them in light of their malign activities. Their aim is not to sabotage the defense forces of countries. If needed, Washington said that similar actions would be taken against other nations.

Russian politician Franz Klintsevich said that the US sanctions would have no impact upon their missiles and fighter jets sales. He stated that it is important for China to possess such military weapons. Asia is since 2000 the largest foreign market for Russian arms manufacturers accounting for 70% of Russian exports. Apart from China, Vietnam and India are among the other primary demand sources for Russian equipment in Asia.

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