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China to punish US companies for arms sales

By Wu Jiao (chinadaily.com.cn)
Updated: 2010-01-30 20:00
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Foreign ministry announced Saturday on its website that China will impose sanctions on those companies that involved in the US arms sale to Taiwan.

This comes as one of the serial countermeasures announced by China within a day after the United States announced a new round of arms sale to Taiwan.

Details of arms sale were posted Friday on a Pentagon website. It would include 60 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters, 114 Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missiles, mine-hunting ships and information technology. US lawmakers have 30 days to comment on the proposed sale.

Many Chinese people and military experts have already suggested imposing sanctions on those arms merchants involved in US arms sale to Taiwan.

Sources told China Daily that some US arms merchants have actually been kept outside Chinese market for almost a decade despite the rapid increasing airport construction in China needs radar.