China Announces Retaliatory Measures
China has announced its retaliatory measures following the United States’ recent arms deal with Taiwan. On Saturday, China announced that it would suspend military exchanges with the United States and halt all planned US-China military visits. China also plans to impose sanctions on all American companies that would be involved in supplying Taiwan with the promised weapons. He Yafei, a vice foreign minister, reiterated that the Chinese feel the arms deal “constitutes a gross intervention into China’s internal affairs, endangers national security and harms peaceful reunification efforts.” Nevertheless, American officials remain hopeful that both countries will be able to see past the recent decision and move forward to build stronger relations.