China Threatens Weapons, Rare Earth Sanctions on U.S. Companies Arming Taiwan

Breitbart | 7/15/2019 | Frances Martel
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China’s state-run Global Times newspaper published a story Sunday citing “experts” warning that the Communist Party could sanction American companies who sell weapons equipment to Taiwan.

While the Chinese Foreign Ministry warned about these sanctions on Friday, the Global Times expanded their potential reach not just to weapons equipment, but to sales of private jets and rare earth minerals.

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China is the world’s premier exporter of rare earth minerals, necessary for the manufacture of many high technology goods and military equipment. Chinese officials threatened to limit rare earth exports to America in May in response to tariffs imposed by the administration of President Donald Trump, but have not yet taken any measures to hinder rare earth imports to the United States.

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Reports surfaced last week, citing the Taiwanese Defense Ministry, that the United States had moved forward with a request from Taipei to buy $2.2 billion worth of military equipment, including “108 cutting-edge M1A2 Abrams tanks, 1,240 TOW anti-armor missiles, 409 Javelin anti-tank missiles, and 250 Stinger man-portable air defense systems.” Taiwan’s government is seeking to boost its defense in light of multiple threats from Chinese Communist Party chief Xi Jinping and his military officials that Beijing will not hesitate to invade and colonize Taiwan if its government continues to assert itself as a sovereign nation.

Taiwan is a separate country from China with its own military, federal government, and foreign policy. Beijing insists that Taiwan, officially the Republic of China, is a rogue province that it hopes to rein in, either diplomatically or by force. China insists that all nations that have diplomatic ties to Beijing abide by the “One China” principle – they cannot officially recognize Taiwan as a sovereign state and have any ties to China. Thus, America does not officially...
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