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China Defends Russia Military Ties After U.S. Sanctions

Dandan Li
Russian tanks parade at the end of the day of the Vostok-2018 (East-2018) military drills at Tsugol training ground not far from the borders with China and Mongolia in Siberia, on September 13, 2018. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP) (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images) Photographer: MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP

China’s military cooperation with Russia is “normal,” in accordance with international law, and the U.S. has no right to intervene, Wu Qian, a spokesman for the Ministry of National Defense, said Saturday in response to Washington’s sanctions on its military agency.

China urges the U.S. to immediately correct its mistakes and withdraw the so-called sanctions, otherwise it must “bear the consequences,” Wu said in a statement on the ministry’s website.

The U.S. on Thursday imposed sanctions on China’s Equipment Development Department and director Li Shangfu “for engaging in significant transactions with Rosoboronexport, Russia’s main arms export entity.” The measures taken by Washington related to the purchase of Su-35 combat aircraft in 2017 and S-400 surface-to-air missile system-related equipment in 2018.

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