China is expressing outrage over USA sanctions against a Chinese military agency and its director over the purchase of Russian weapons.
The U.S. says China is in breach of sanctions Washington imposed on Moscow over Russia's role in Ukraine and its alleged interference in U.S. politics.
The U.S. maintains that "the ultimate target" of these sanctions is Russian Federation, not China. CGTN'S Jim Spellman has this report.
Friday, the Russian government warned that the new sanctions - the 60th round against Moscow since 2011 - could lead to trouble for the United States.
Beijing on Friday urged the United States to withdraw sanctions or "bear the consequences".
China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang, however, said the sanctions "seriously violated the basic norms of worldwide relations and seriously damaged the relations between China and the United States", NBC News reports.
For all of Russia's seemingly upbeat rhetoric the new measures can hurt the country's struggling economy.
A senior administration official said: "The ultimate target of these sanctions is Russian Federation".
The sanctions will block the EED and its director, Li Shangfu, from applying for export licences and participating in the USA financial system.
"CAATSA sanctions in this context are not meant to undermine the defence capabilities of any particular country", the official said.
The State Department announced the move Thursday as part of the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, or CAATSA, which Congress passed previous year in response to Russia's aggression in Ukraine, cyberattacks and interference in the US election. When he reluctantly signed the legislation into effect, US President Donald Trump also said the bill was "seriously flawed".