China to slap sanctions on 2 US CEOs over Taiwan arms sales

China says it will impose sanctions on the leaders of two US defense companies for their involvement in Washington's arms sales to Taiwan.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said on Friday that the chief executives of Raytheon Technologies and of Boeing's defense unit will be subject to the sanctions, but did not provide details.

The decision comes after US President Joe Biden's administration notified Congress earlier this month of its plan to supply Taiwan with weapons, including anti-ship and air-to-air missiles worth 1.1 billion dollars.

Mao criticized the sales, saying they violate the "One China" principle and severely undermine China's sovereignty and security interests, China-US relations, and peace and stability over the Taiwan Strait.

She urged the US to refrain from selling weapons to Taiwan and creating factors that raise cross-strait tensions.

Mao warned that China will continue to take all necessary measures according to the way the situation develops.