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China sanctions CEOs of Boeing Defense and Raytheon over Taiwanese weapons

Sanctions against Boeing Defense CEO Ted Colbert and Raytheon Technologies chief Gregory Hayes for selling weapons from Taiwan.

China has announced sanctions against the CEOs of Boeing Defense and Raytheon over their involvement in Washington’s recent arms sales to Taiwan, a Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman said.

The sanctions against Boeing Defense, Space, and Security CEO Ted Colbert and Raytheon Technologies Corp chief Gregory Hayes were imposed on Friday in response to the US State Department’s approval of the sale of military equipment worth to Taiwan $1.1 billion announced earlier this month.

The sales include 60 anti-ship missiles and 100 air-to-air missiles, the respective prime contractors of which are Boeing Defense, a division of Boeing, and Raytheon.

Colbert and Hayes are being sanctioned “to protect China’s sovereignty and security interests,” State Department spokeswoman Mao Ning said, citing “their involvement in these arms sales.”

Mao did not elaborate on what the sanctions would entail or how they would be imposed on CEOs.

“The Chinese side again calls on the US government and relevant agencies to … stop selling arms to Taiwan and US-Taiwanese military contacts,” Mao said.

The Pentagon announced the package following China’s aggressive military drills around Taiwan after a visit last month from US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the top US official who has traveled to Taipei in years.

China imposed sanctions on Raytheon and Lockheed Martin in February after announced sales of $100 million worth of Patriot missile upgrades to Taiwan.

Under China’s Anti-Foreign Sanctions Law, individuals can be denied entry to China, visas denied, assets confiscated and frozen, deportations carried out and other measures taken, China’s state-run newspaper Global Times reported.

The announcement marks the first time Beijing has identified individuals at these companies and imposed sanctions on them.

Beijing regards the self-governing island of Taiwan as a wayward province that it has vowed to use force to bring under control if necessary.

Taiwan has dismissed China’s claims of sovereignty, saying only its people can decide its future and vowing to defend itself if attacked.

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