BEIJING - Chinese Vice-Foreign Minister Zheng Zeguang summoned US Ambassador to China Terry Branstad on Friday and lodged solemn representations and protests against the US side's sanctions on Chinese military agency and official pursuant to its domestic law.
Chinese Vice-Foreign Minister Zheng Zeguang said the US action on ground of Sino-Russian military ties severely violated norms of international relations
Huang Xueping, deputy head of the CMC's office for international military cooperation, summoned the acting defense attache at the US Embassy Saturday evening, according to a CMC press release.
The US State Department announced Thursday that it would impose sanctions on the Equipment Development Department of the Central Military Commission of China (CMC) and the department's director, alleging that China had violated the "Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act."
Zheng pointed out that the United States' action on the ground of military cooperation between China and Russia severely violated basic norms governing international relations, and that such mean behavior is a blatant hegemonic act.
"The China-Russia military cooperation is normal cooperation between two sovereign states, and the US side has no right to interfere," Zheng said.
He added that the US side's act has severely harmed the state-to-state and mil-to-mil relations and affected the cooperation in international and regional affairs between China and the United States.
"The Chinese side will take every necessary measure to firmly safeguard its national interests. We strongly urge the US side to correct its mistake immediately and withdraw the so-called sanctions," he said. "Otherwise, the US side will have to bear all the consequences."
China's Central Military Commission summoned the acting defense attache at the US Embassy on Saturday
Huang Xueping, deputy head of the CMC's office for international military cooperation, said the military
cooperation between China and Russia is normal cooperation between sovereign
states that goes in line with international law.
He called the US side's unreasonable move "a flagrant breach of basic rules of international
relations" and "a stark show of hegemonism" that severely harmed relations
between China and the United States as well as the two countries' militaries.
China resolutely opposes the US move and will never accept it, Huang said.
He said China will immediately recall the Chinese navy commander
Shen Jinlong who is in the United States attending the 23rd International
Seapower Symposium and postpone the second meeting of a communication mechanism
for the joint staff departments of China and the United States, scheduled for
Sept. 25-27 in Beijing.
China demands the US side to immediately correct its wrongdoing and withdraw the so-called sanctions. "The Chinese military reserves the right to take further countermeasures," Huang said.
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