World War 3 WARNING: China cancels navy chief visit to US over Trump’s sanctions
On Thursday, the US State Department imposed sanctions against China’s defence procurement agency, the Equipment Development Department (EED).
The State Department noted the imposition of sanctions was due to Beijing’s “significant transactions” with Russian arms exporter Rosoboronexport.
The Chinese ministry responded to the tariffs, stating: “The Chinese side has made the decision to immediately call back People’s Liberation Army Navy head, Shen Jinlong, who was taking part in the 23rd International Seapower Symposium and planned to make a visit to the US.”
China has ”strongly urged” the US to cancel the sanctions or “bear the consequences”.
The sanctions were enforced over two major arms deals between China and Russia.
The communist state bought Russian SU-35 fighter jets and S-400 surface-to-air missiles.
Speaking to reporters at a press conference on Friday, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the sanctions were unreasonable, adding: “The US actions have seriously violated the basic principles of international relations and seriously damaged the relations between the two countries and the two militaries.
“We strongly urge the US to immediately correct their mistake and withdraw their so-called sanctions, otherwise the US will have to bear the consequences.”
China has cancelled a planned visit by its Navy commander Vice Admiral Shen Jinlong
The US State Department imposed sanctions against China’s defence procurement agency
According to People’s Daily newspaper, Foreign Ministry officials raised objections to Terry Branstad, the US Ambassador.
The State Department confirmed on Saturday that Mr Branstad had met with Chinese officials, but failed to provide any further information.
This comes amid rising tensions between the US and China over the escalating trade war.
Trump announced tariffs last week on a further $200 billion (£153 billion) worth of Chinese goods, forcing Beijing to retaliate by pledging to impose similar tariffs on $60 billion (£46 billion) worth of goods from the US.
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China has also cancelled trade talks which had been scheduled to take place this week in Washington.
Trump and his aides have also attacked China on other fronts since the Republican firebrand was elected in 2016.
US officials have criticised China for not doing enough to pressure Kim Jong-un and North Korea over their nuclear programme.
They have also berated Chinese officials for the repression of ethnic Uighurs in the region of Xinjiang, where up to one million people are being held in re-education camps.