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China threatens retaliation after EU weighs sanctions for Beijing’s army assist to Russia

China on Tuesday mentioned it might react “strictly and strongly” ought to the European Union slap sanctions on Chinese firms accused of promoting gear for Russia to make use of in its ongoing warfare in opposition to Ukraine. 

Foreign Minister Qin Gang mentioned China would “take the mandatory response to firmly shield the reliable pursuits of Chinese firms.” 

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German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock and Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang handle the media throughout a press convention on May 9, 2023, in Berlin, Germany.  (Michele Tantussi/Getty Images)

Following talks in Berlin with German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, Qin mentioned Chinese and Russian firms take pleasure in “regular exchanges and cooperation” which “shouldn’t be affected.” 

As first reported Sunday by The Financial Times, the EU has proposed sanctions on Chinese firms accused of promoting gear that might be utilized in weapons to assist Russia’s warfare machine.


Seven Chinese companies have been listed in a brand new package deal of sanctions that will probably be mentioned by EU member states this week, the report mentioned, citing a duplicate of the sanctions listing seen by the paper.  

Targeted within the sanctions listing are two mainland Chinese firms, 3HC Semiconductors and King-Pai Technology, together with 5 from Hong Kong: Sinno Electronics, Sigma Technology, Asia Pacific Links, Tordan Industry and Alpha Trading Investments.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake fingers. (Xie Huanchi/Xinhua by way of Getty Images)

On Monday, Chinese overseas ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin urged the EU to keep away from taking the “incorrect path,” in any other case it can take agency motion to safeguard its rights and pursuits.

“China opposes actions that use China-Russia cooperation as a pretext to impose unlawful sanctions or long-arm jurisdiction in opposition to China,” Wang mentioned at a daily information convention. 


Since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine 14 months in the past, which Russian President Vladimir Putin termed a “particular army operation,” the EU has adopted 10 sanctions packages in opposition to Russian people and firms, inflicting financial hardship and making financing the warfare tougher.

Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin

Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin are seen throughout a earlier assembly in Moscow, Russia, in June 2019. (AP/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

EU ambassadors are assembly on Wednesday to start discussions on an eleventh spherical of sanctions in opposition to Russia over Ukraine. 

China has tried to guarantee the world that it’s impartial within the Ukraine warfare, but has backed Russia politically. Last month, Qin promised that China wouldn’t promote weapons to both aspect. 

In February, Secretary of State Antony Blinken mentioned the U.S. had intelligence suggesting China was contemplating offering arms and ammunition to Russia — and warned that such involvement within the Kremlin’s warfare effort can be a “significant issue.”

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report. 

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