Analysts defend China government's sanctioning of U.S. companies selling arms to Taiwan

08:37, February 05, 2010      

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Chinese analysts justified the government's decision to sanction U.S. companies involved in a 6.4-billion-dollar arms sale package to Taiwan, saying the punishment is the "right thing to do" for China's core interests.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Chinese sanctions against the U.S. companies are not warranted.

But both civilian and military analysts said that the government's decision is rational.

Tao Wenzhao, a researcher with American Studies Institute of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, told Xinhua Thursday that it is unreasonable for some U.S. companies to simultaneously sell civilian products to the Chinese mainland and military hardware to Taiwan.

"This decision to sanction the companies involved is an unprecedented response by China to U.S. arms sale to Taiwan," said Tao.

"The U.S. sanctions other country's companies . China also has the right to punish foreign companies that infringe on China's core interests," he said. "The Taiwan issue is one of China's top concerns," he said.

The 6.4-billion U.S.-dollar arms sale package, which the Obama administration announced on Friday, makes Boeing, Sikorsky, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon potential targets for China's sanctions.

Yang Yi, a retired rear admiral with the People's Liberation Army National Defense University, said that economic punishment such as sanctions is the right thing to do to get the U.S. to rethink its policy.

"China should cause losses for those arms-selling companies much heavier than the profit they will gain from the weapon sales," Yang said.

Sino-U.S. ties should be maintained by both sides, but China should not take a backward step on issues touching its core interests, he added.

Peking University's Professor Zhu Feng told Xinhua the government's decision to sanction the U.S. companies shows its resolute will to take substantial countermeasures against the arms sale.

Still, the professor added that issue of arms sales to Taiwan will not be resolved any time soon, and that it should not negatively impact Sino-U.S. relations overall.

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