China demands U.S. immediately withdraw N. Korea sanctions, warns will hit ties

China demanded the immediate withdrawal from United States of a package of sanctions on companies and individuals imposed for trading with North Korea on Wednesday, and affirmed the Trump administration’s decision will damage Sino-U.S. ties.

On Tuesday The Treasury Department imposed sanctions on six individuals and 10 companies from Russia and China on allegations of conducting business with North Korea in such way, which helped the country’s missile and nuclear weapons program.

On the other hand Chinese Foreign Ministry iterated its government has already implemented U.N. Security Council’s resolutions on North Korea and would ensure that if anyone caught violating the Security Council sanctions will be punished under Chinese law.

In a press conference spokeswoman Hua Chunying said “China especially opposes any country conducting ‘long-arm jurisdiction’ over Chinese entities and individuals”. “Measures taken by the United States are not helpful in solving the problem and unhelpful to mutual trust and cooperation. We ask the United States to stop the relevant wrong practices immediately.”

Yet despite China’s professed opposition to unilateral sanctions, it has not hesitated to punish other countries through trade if they refuse to do Beijing’s bidding.

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