China to sanction 5 U.S. manufacturers over arms sales to Taiwan

China will sanction five U.S. military manufacturers in response to the latest round of U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, a foreign ministry spokesperson said on Sunday.

U.S. arms sales to Taiwan are a frequent source of tension between Washington and Beijing. China views democratically governed Taiwan as its territory, a claim Taiwan’s government rejects.

The sanctions come ahead of Taiwan’s Jan. 13 presidential and parliamentary elections, which China has cast as a choice between war and peace.

The U.S. State Department last month approved $300 million sale of equipment to help maintain Taiwan’s tactical information systems.

The spokesperson said in a statement the recent arms sales “seriously undermine China’s sovereignty and security interests, seriously jeopardize peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.”