Chinese military voices "strong indignation" over U.S. "sanctions"

Li Jiayao

BEIJING, Sept. 22 (Xinhua) -- China's military has voiced its "strong indignation and resolute opposition" against recent "sanctions" by the U.S. on Chinese military authority and personnel, according to China's Ministry of National Defense.

Wu Qian, a spokesperson for the ministry, said Saturday that Chinese military has made solemn representations and protests to the U.S. side.

The U.S. State Department announced Thursday that it would impose sanctions on the Equipment Development Department of the Central Military Commission of China and the department's director, alleging that China had violated the "Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act."

Noting that the military cooperation between China and Russia is normal cooperation between sovereign states that goes in line with international law, Wu said the U.S. side has no right to interfere in such practices.

The spokesperson also accused the U.S. move as "a flagrant breach of basic rules of international relations" and "a stark show of hegemonism" that severely harmed relations between China and the U.S. as well as the two countries' militaries.

"We demand the U.S. side to immediately correct its wrongdoing and withdraw the so-called sanctions. Otherwise, the U.S. side must bear the consequences caused by this act," Wu said.

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