China Lodges Stern Protest against US Sanctions for Buying Russian Military Equipment

  • China has postponed the joint military discussion with the US after the latter sanctioned a Chinese military agency for buying advanced military equipment (Russian fighter jets along with a surface-to-air missile system) from Russia. Deputy Foreign Minister Zheng Zeguang summoned the US Ambassador Terry Branstad for lodging “stern representations”. Defense Ministry of China said they are recalling their Navy Chief Shen Jinlong from the US visit. Chinese Defense Ministry’s spokesperson Wu Qian said that the decision of buying Russian military equipment “was a normal act of cooperation between sovereign countries” and the USA has no right interfere in the internal matters of two sovereign countries.