The Chinese government no longer does business with US defense companies that sell weapons to Taiwan. Chinese companies will also break ties with such American companies, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said. Beijing did not disclose details about the sanctions.

Last week the United States approved an arms sale to Taiwan. The Asian country, which China regards as an apostate province, buys $ 2.2 billion in tanks and rockets, among other things. They are supplied by companies such as General Dynamics and Raytheon.

Companies such as Honeywell, which makes engines for the tanks made by General Dynamics, and maker of private Gulfstream jets, could also be affected by the sanctions. Gulfstream is a subsidiary of General Dynamics.

According to China, the arms sale is a violation of international law. That would undermine China’s sovereignty. Beijing had already announced last week that it would take steps.

In previous arms deals with Taiwan, in 2010 and 2015, China also announced steps against US defense companies. It is unclear whether they were ever imposed. American companies are not allowed to sell weapons to China since that country cracked down the student uprising in Tiananmen Square in 1989.

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