US Slaps Sanctions on Chinese Military Agency

China has called on the United States to withdraw sanctions it imposed on a Chinese military agency for buying Russian weapons or ‘bear the consequences.’

Speaking to reporters Friday, foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said that Beijing had lodged an official protest with the United States.

‘The U.S. actions have seriously violated the basic principles of international relations and seriously damaged the relations between the two countries and the two militaries,’ Geng said.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov reacted Friday, saying the sanctions affecting Russian plane manufacturer Sukhoi are “yet another act of unfair competition” and also conjecturing the move ultimately would harm the U.S. dollar. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov warned the U.S. against “playing with fire.” And the Kremlin weighed in, as well, with spokesman Dmitry Peskov saying Friday the sanctions are an attempt by the U.S. to force out competitors in the global arms trade.

“We recommend that Washington’s operators of the sanctions machine at least superficially acquaint themselves with our history to stop going round in circles,” Ryabkov said.

Sanctions from election meddling

The U.S. imposed sanctions Thursday on a Chinese military agency for buying Russian weaponry in violation of U.S. sanctions on Russia.

The State Department said it would immediately penalize a unit of the Chinese military that oversees the country’s defense technology for executing transactions with Rosoboronexport, Russia’s main arms exporter.

China bought Russian Sukhoi Su-25 fighter jets and S-400 surface-to-air-missiles, the State Department said.

The purchases violate a 2017 U.S. sanctions law that is designed to punish Russia for interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The law calls for the sanctioning of any third party that conducts a “significant transaction” with Russia’s defense industry.

The latest sanctions are the first time the U.S. has used sanctions to punish a buyer of Russian military weapons.

Source: voanews

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Detained Chinese Professor Moved to Unknown Location

Sun Wenguang, a retired professor from the Shandong province of northeastern China, who was apparently detained by Chinese authorities during a live-telephone interview with VOA last week, has been moved from a military-run hotel where he was held to an undisclosed location, hotel personnel told Voice of America’s Mandarin Service Sunday morning.

On Thursday, sources told VOA Mandarin that the 84-year-old professor was being detained at Yanzi Mountain Villa at Jinan Military Region, a military-linked hotel and reception center in Jinan, eastern China.

He had been taken away during a live telephone interview on the VOA Mandarin television show Issues & Opinions Wednesday morning as he was criticizing China’s foreign aid and diplomatic strategy in Africa. During the interview, Sun told VOA that authorities were breaking into his house in an attempt to prevent him from speaking out against the government.

In interviews with sources at the reception desk on the first floor, the VOA reporter learned that authorities had moved the professor to another location two days earlier.

Source : VOA

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Advisers urge Trump to raise tariffs to 25% on $200 billion of Chinese goods

As Washington and Beijing struggle to break a trade impasse, some administration advisers are urging President Donald Trump to raise the stakes with a sharp increase in the level of tariffs proposed for $ 200 billion in Chinese imports targeted for punitive measures.

Trump administration advisers are debating measures that might bring Chinese negotiators to the table. Some are pushing the president to apply 25% tariffs on $ 200 billion of Chinese imports, up from an original proposal for 10%.

The White House won’t make a final decision until late August on those tariffs, which are likely to target consumer goods and food as well as machinery components. Advisers are justifying the steeper tariffs, in part, to make up for the rapid depreciation of the yuan in recent months. Since May 30, the yuan has fallen 6% against the dollar.

Source: Marketwatch

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