The tensions between China and the US aren’t just heightened on the economic front – they are filtering into the military space, as well.
On Thursday, the US announced it was imposing sanctions on the Equipment Development Department (EDD) of the Chinese Central Military Commission – and top officials that run the agency – for buying military equipment from Russia (NYT).
Sanctions include (China Daily):
"Denying US travel visas to EDD staff""Banning them from using the US financial system and making foreign exchange transactions within US jurisdictions""Block[ing] the EDD’s property and interests within US control"China didn’t take kindly to the move. In retaliation, they:Summoned US envoys on Saturday to protest the sanctions – including US Ambassador to China Terry Branstad and Acting Defense Attaché David Menser.Recalled a Chinese navy commander, Vice Admiral Shen Jinlong, who was in the US attending a symposium.Will postpone a meeting designed to work on a joint communication mechanism between the US and Chinese militaries, which was meant to take place later this month.
Get smart: Russia is the key source for Chinese military technology. The PLA doesn’t plan to stop importing equipment from the country.
Get smarter: Beijing views this as a fundamental move to encircle it and curtail its military capabilities.
NYT: China Demands U.S. Withdraw Sanctions Imposed Over Military Purchases From Russia
China Daily: PLA halts US talks in protest over sanctions
The Paper: 钧正平：美国若不撤销所谓制裁，必将承担由此造成的后果