China summons USA ambassador and recalls naval chief over sanctions move

China summons USA ambassador and recalls naval chief over sanctions move

"Each new round of sanctions proves our foe's complete lack of success in pressuring Russia with previous such attempts", Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said.

The Trump administration has also called on China to allow USA companies greater access to Chinese markets and to cut its US trade surplus.

It added that China's military reserved the right to take further countermeasures, without giving further details.

The Defence Ministry said the United States had no right to interfere in Chinese military cooperation with Russian Federation.

China summoned the United States ambassador on Saturday after the U.S. imposed sanctions on a branch of its military, according to Chinese state media.

He says the US will have to "take all the consequences" if it ignores China's demands.

China's purchase of the weapons from Russian arms exporter Rosoboronexport violated a 2017 USA law meant to punish the government of Russian President Vladimir Putin for interfering in US elections and other activities.

On Thursday, the US State Department imposed sanctions against Beijing's defense procurement agency, the Equipment Development Department (EED), for its "significant transactions" with Russian arms exporter Rosoboronexport.

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The official, speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity, insisted that the sanctions were aimed at Moscow, not Beijing.

The announcement came a day after China "strongly urged" the USA to cancel the sanctions or "bear the consequences".

The missile system will strengthen India's air defence system and once procured could be used along the India-China border, sources say. The restrictions were triggered by two major arms deals between Beijing and Moscow - a 2017 agreement for 10 Su-35 fighter aircraft and a 2018 deal to supply S-400 air defense systems.

Washington has expressed concern that Turkey's planned deployment of S-400s could threaten some USA -made weapons and other technology used by Turkey, including the F-35 fighter jet.

He also said Beijing had already lodged an official protest with the US.

According to reports, the US government on Friday said that purchase of military platforms like the Triumf from Russian Federation would be considered as a "significant transaction" and could impose sanctions as US President Donald Trump signed an executive order to the effect.

He warned that the United States would face "consequences" if it did not immediately revoke the sanctions.

China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang, however, said the sanctions "seriously violated the basic norms of worldwide relations and seriously damaged the relations between China and the United States", NBC News reports.

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