The Trump administration imposed sanctions on the Chinese military yesterday for buying fighter jets and missile systems from Russia, in breach of a questionable US law called Countering American Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).
This is the first ever sanctioning under CAATSA. Previously, Turkey has been threatened with sanctions over its purchase of the S-400 while India may be granted a waiver for purchasing a similar Russian system.
The US State Department said it would immediately impose sanctions on China's Equipment Development Department (EDD), the branch of the Chinese military responsible for weapons and equipment, and its director, Li Shangfu, for engaging in "significant transactions" with Rosoboronexport, Russia's main arms exporter, Reuters reported.
The sanctions are related to China's purchase of 10 SU-35 combat aircraft in 2017 and S-400 surface-to-air missile system-related equipment in 2018, the State Department said. They block the Chinese agency, and Li, from applying for export licenses and participating in the US financial system.
It also adds them to the Treasury Department's list of specially designated individuals with whom Americans are barred from doing business.
Interestingly, China purchased both the S-400 and Su-35 before the CAATSA came into effect in 2018. Deliveries of both equipments have been completed and are in use by the Chinese armed forces for over a year now.
Since China is not a customer for US-made weaponry, the sanctions will have no impact on Chinese military preparedness nor will it impede its financial dealings with the Russians as Rosoboronexport has been sanctioned by the US administration even before the CAATSA’s passage.
China and Russia are working on a payments system bypassing the US financial system.
The immediate provocation for sanctioning the Chinese military appears to be the Peoples’ Liberations Army’s participation in Russia’s biggest military exercise last week. In addition, China is looking at joint equipment development and marketing with Russia. China has been announced as a partner country in next year’s MAKS 2019 air show in Moscow, suggesting closer cooperation between the two giants in the military and aviation sphere.
The United States Senate Committee on Armed Services plans to exempt some US strategic allies; India, Indonesia and Vietnam from Countering Americas Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) that allows the nations to buy Russian military equipment without any threat sanctions. “The final piece of legislation will exempt just three countries—India, Indonesia, and Vietnam—from a robust sanctions regime enacted and imposed last year,” Sen
India might face US sanctions for its purchase of S-400 air defense system from Russia under the Countering Americas Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA). India is likely to request the US to exempt its sanctions over Russia to clear its path to purchase S-400 air defense system from Moscow
The United States will begin a high pressure lobbying and arm-twisting effort to force Turkey to abandon the S-400 missile defence system deal with Russia and buy US-made Patriots instead. Acting assistant secretary of state for political-military affairs Tina Kaidanow is expected to travel to Turkey next week to swing Ankara's decision in favor of the US Patriot missile defence system, Turkey's
Turkey has completed the formal purchase of S-400 long range anti-aircraft missile defense system from Russia "In addition to the S-400, Turkey also made preliminary agreements with the Eurosam countries to develop, produce and use the air defense system in order to improve its long-term domestic national capacity," Turkish Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli was quoted as saying by Anadolu news agency Saturday. "We especially aim to have our own technology," the minister added
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The Indian Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) headed by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, on Wednesday approved the purchase of S-400 air defense missile systems from Moscow for an estimated $5.5 billion
Russia has deployed coastal defense missile systems in the Arctic and also increased military activity in the region. The Bastion Coastal Missile System (BDK), which was put into service with the tactical group of the Northern Fleet (SF) on the island of Kotelny (the Novosibirsk Islands archipelago) in the Laptev Sea, will carry out rocket fire during the exercises on the defense of the island territory of Russia in the Arctic,
While India and Russia are currently finalizing a deal on the S-400 long-range air defense missile system (ADMS), Moscow is now understood to be getting New Delhi interested in its Buk-M3 medium range and Tor-M3 short-range missile defence systems to form a single air-defence network. A suggestion to this effect had been mooted by Dmitry Shugaev, director of the Russian Federal Service for Military Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) during the Army 2018 exhibition in Moscow last month while speaking to a group of journalists
China has threatened the United States with ‘consequences if it does withdraw sanctions against the procurement wing of the Chinese military imposed on Thursday. "We strongly urge the US side to immediately correct its mistake and withdraw the so-called sanctions
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