China media hints at sanctioning United States defense firms over Taiwan

China Holds Military Drills Off Taiwan Coast After US' Approval Of Key Arms Deal

China Holds Military Drills Off Taiwan Coast After US' Approval Of Key Arms Deal

"We will impose sanctions on United States companies involved in arms sales to Taiwan", said foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang.

Raytheon Co. and the Pennsylvania operations of BAE Systems were cited as having been involved in recent arms sales to Taiwan.

On Sunday, the ruling Communist Party's official People's Daily posted an article on its WeChat account identifying US companies that could be vulnerable to sanctions. State broadcaster CCTV and news agency Xinhua carried similar stories.

They included Honeywell International Inc (HON.N), which makes the motors for the Abrams tanks, and personal jets producer Gulfstream Aerospace, which is claimed by General Dynamics.

Meanwhile, in Tsai's teleconference with Pelosi, which was only announced after the Taiwan president left NY for Haiti, she said she was grateful to Pelosifor her support for Taiwan, which saw the House of Representatives' endorsement of continued U.S. arms sales in the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020. "The Chinese government and Chinese enterprises will not cooperate and conduct business with these American companies".

China has said it would sanction United States companies selling weapons to Taiwan before - in 2010 and 2015 - but it is unclear if the sanctions were ever imposed.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Friday warned the U.S.it was "playing with fire" by approving the arms sale.

The latest tension between China and the USA also coincides with a trip by Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen to the United States to gather support. Though Washington does not have formal diplomatic relations with Taipei, it is legally bound under the Taiwan Relations Act passed in 1979 to protect the island if it is threatened by an external force. Meanwhile, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, who hails from a pro-independence party, has courted US backing, holding an unprecedented phone call with Trump before his 2017 inauguration.

Speaking to Fox News' Sunday Morning Futures, the Texas Congressman, who was one of the lawmakers to meet with President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Friday during her layover in NY, said "Chinese are getting very aggressive in Hong Kong, as you just heard".