The Chinese government on Thursday criticized the US government’s sanctions against companies involved in the construction of artificial islands in the South China Sea, and expects a “firm” response to the penalties.
The US Department of Commerce has added 24 companies, including several subsidiaries of China Construction Communications Company, to the list of companies that are restricted because of the security risks they pose.
A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Zhao Lijian, has claimed Washington has “no reason” to take this step if Beijing believes it is perfectly legal activity on its territory against the criteria of others. Countries in the region.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned on Wednesday that China’s construction of the islands has helped “destabilize the region, trample on the sovereign rights of its neighbors and cause incalculable environmental damage.”
Pompeo stressed that Beijing should not use public corporations “as weapons to push through its expansion agenda.” “The United States will act until we see Beijing end the coercion in the South China Sea, and we will stand by our allies if they oppose this destabilizing activity,” he added.