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The "bully" strikes again

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    China is roaring mad at the US because our " bully" does not allow them to buy Russian fighter planes; since when does this country "dictate others what and where to buy things? Europe also rather buys their own equipment; but the "bully" demands that they buy an total "overpriced" F35. costing $ 400 million a piece.

    BEIJING (AP) — China summoned the American ambassador and the defense attache and recalled its navy commander from a U.S. trip to deliver a strong protest against economic sanctions Washington lodged over the purchase of Russian fighter jets and surface-to-air missile equipment.

    The Defense Ministry said the U.S. had no right to interfere in Chinese military cooperation with Russia.

    "We demand that the U.S. immediately correct the mistake and revoke the so-called sanctions, otherwise the U.S. must bear the consequences," the Defense Ministry said in a statement.

    The Foreign Ministry said that it had summoned Ambassador Terry Branstad.

    The Central Military Commission, which commands the People's Liberation Army, the world's largest standing military, said that Huang Xueping, the commission's deputy head for international military cooperation, had also summoned the acting U.S. defense attache on Saturday evening, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

    Huang said China would immediately recall Shen Jinlong, a Chinese navy commander currently in the U.S. attending a symposium, and would postpone a meeting scheduled for Sept. 25-27 in Beijing about a communication mechanism.

    "The Chinese military reserves the right to take further countermeasures," Huang was quoted as saying.

    Washington says China's purchase of the weapons from Rosoboronexport, Russia's main arms exporter, violated a 2017 law intended to punish the government of Russian President Vladimir Putin for interfering in U.S. elections and other activities.

    The action triggers a visa ban on China's Equipment Development Department and director Li Shangfu, forbids conducting transactions with the U.S. financial system and blocks all property and interests in property involving the country within U.S. jurisdiction.

    The U.S. State Department said Li's office made a "significant transaction" involving the purchase of Su-35 combat aircraft in 2017 and S-400 surface-to-air missile system-related equipment this year.

    The sanctions were enacted "to further impose costs on the Russian government in response to its malign activities," it said. The U.S. will continue to "urge all countries to curtail relationships with Russia's defense and intelligence sectors, both of which are linked to malign activities worldwide," it said.

    The Kremlin dismissed the sanctions as an "unfair" move to undercut Russia as a major arms exporter.

    Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Friday that Russia views the new set of sanctions as an attempt to undermine the competitiveness of Russian arms exports and vowed to reciprocate.

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    Dutch, Trump is so far out of his league it has become almost amusing. Of course were it not so dangerous it would be amusing. The PRC has been flexing its muscles for the past couple of decades while the so-called leader of the free world has dithered. With the election of Trump our move off of the world stage is nearly complete. Bush2 accelerated a process that began probably 40 years ago. Obama was able to slow it and perhaps reverse it. Trump has put it on steroids. There likely is little hope of stopping it.
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    Thanks "lonely" ; yes you are right "the weapons merchants" are declaring "war" at each other; again to make "money" over "dead bodies" . All of this makes it an fantastic "peaceful" world; Wow.
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    Trump now accuses China of interfering in the mid-term elections. There are plenty of things which irritate China, like how Trump deals with N.Korea , the "trade war", Taiwan, meddling with the "islands" which China built, buying Russian fighters and European planes etc. China is fed up with Trump and will fight back. They will make the deals with N.Korea/S. Korea, not Trump; he will be used as an little naive kid and give him an (made in China) "lolly".