>> Beijing hit back at Washington Friday over new sanctions on its military. The White House said it's punishing China for buying jets and missiles from Russia. China's foreign ministry says it strongly urges the U.S. to roll back the penalties.>> We strongly urge the US side to immediately correct the mistake and resend the so called sanctions.
Otherwise the US side will necessarily bear responsibility for the consequences.>> The bill is passed.>> The US says China purchase of Russian hardware was a breech of sanctions America used to penalize Moscow for meddling in the 2016 elections The State Department said the sanctions would be imposed immediately for what it called a significant transaction.
But a US official told Reuters the real target here is Moscow not Beijing, despite an escalating trade war between the two feuding nations. The official who spoke on condition of anonymity said the new sanctions are aimed at, "Imposing costs upon Russian in response to its malign activities.>> Thank you very much everybody.
>> Congress has repeatedly called on President Trump to take a harder line against Moscow. White House officials say, they hope acting against China would discourage other countries from following suite. The exchange in question included ten combat aircrafts bought in 2017, and surface to air missile equipment bought this year.
The sanctions will block a branch of the Chinese military, responsible for weapons, from the US financial system. It also adds them to a black list of individuals who Americans are banned from doing business with. But analysts say the move is largely symbolic and a Russian lawmaker has all ready said that the sanctions will not affect the contracts from going through.