China's Defence Ministry has said it would recall navy chief Shen Jinlong from a visit to the United States and postpone planned talks in Beijing between Chinese and American military officials that had been set for next week.
Beijing's top naval officer on Tuesday also canceled a high-level meeting with his USA counterpart, Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Dave Eastburn told CNN. The Chinese foreign ministry warned of "severe damage" to bilateral relations and cooperation if the sale announced Monday goes through.
"For requests for US military ships to visit Hong Kong, China has always carried out approvals case by case, in accordance with the principle of sovereignty and the detailed situation", Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang told reporters gathered in Beijing.
Washington this week enacted new tariffs against China covering another US$200 billion of its imports. -China tensions, following the cancellation of two separate scheduled bilateral meetings on trade and military-military exchange. "In China, they are debating how they can respond and there are hawks who say, 'we have to strike back'". Washington has no official relations with Taiwan's democratically elected government but is obliged by USA law to see that it has the means to defend itself.
Lieutenant Colonel Dave Eastburn, a Pentagon spokesman, said that B-52 bombers transited over the South China Sea as part of "regularly scheduled operations created to enhance our interoperability with our partners and allies in the region". We're still sorting this out", he said, adding that he and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo agree "we do have to have a relationship with China.
Beijing's move came after the US last Thursday penalized China's Equipment Development Department - the agency that oversees the country's defence technology - and its director Li Shangfu for allegedly engaging in the purchase of Russian combat aircraft and S-400 surface-to-air missiles, which it called a violation of American sanctions. Beijing warned that it would take "countermeasures" if the USA did not "correct its mistake".
China's Defense Ministry said the US had no right to interfere in Chinese military cooperation with Russian Federation and demanded the sanctions be revoked.
Amid a number of economic, geopolitical, and military disputes between China and the US, Beijing has rejected a US Navy warship's request to make a port call in Hong Kong next month. China last denied such a visit in 2016 amid a spike in tensions between the sides over the disputed South China Sea.
Emphasising that Taiwan is "an inalienable part of China's territory", Geng said the Chinese government was determined to safeguard its national sovereignty and territorial integrity and oppose any foreign inteference.