Chinese Defense Ministry voices protest to US over sanctions for Russian arms purchases

Beijing: The Chinese Defense Ministry on Saturday registered protest against the United States over the US sanctions for arms purchases from Russia.

“The Chinese armed forces express their extreme indignation and strong disagreement. [The Chinese military leadership] has already made a representation and expressed protest to the US side,” the ministry said in a statement.

On Thursday, the United States announced that it sanctioned the Equipment Development Department (EDD) of China’s Central Military Commission (CMC) and its Director Li Shangfu for buying Russia’s S-400 air defense systems and aircraft in violation of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).