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Warning to sanction arms firms justified

CHINA said yesterday its decision to impose unspecified sanctions on US firms selling weapons to Taiwan was an appropriate measure.

In response to questions regarding Washington's latest arms sales to Taiwan, Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said China's decision to impose sanctions on US arms firms is reasonable and reflected China's stance.

China has repeatedly opposed the nearly $US6.4-billion arms deal to Taiwan.

It decided to suspend military programs and security talks with the United States in response to the Pentagon's announcement last Friday it would sell an arms package including Patriot missiles, Black Hawk helicopters and minesweepers to Taiwan.

"Some US companies are involved in the arms sale, and China will definitely put sanctions on them," Ma said, without specifying the possible punishment.

The potential targets of the sanctions include US defense contractors Boeing, Sikorsky, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon.

Asked whether Sino-US tension peaked over the arms deal and Obama's planned meeting with the Dalai Lama, Ma said the US should "take China's stance seriously and work with China on common goals."


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