China to hit Lockheed Martin with sanctions over Taiwan deal Jul 15, 2020 0 191 12345 AFPBeijingChina said on Tuesday it would impose sanctions on US defence group Lockheed Martin, days after the United States approved a potential $620 million upgrade package for missiles to Taiwan -- fuelling tensions between the countries.The possible foreign military sale involves Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missiles, and would be the island’s latest purchase from the US to boost its defence capabilities as China grows in strength.China “firmly opposes US arms sales to Taiwan”, foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a regular briefing on Tuesday, urging Washington to abide by the concept that Taiwan is part of “one China”.Zhao added that the US should “stop arms sales to Taiwan and cut military ties with it, so as not to do further harm to China-US relations and peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait”.Taiwan’s foreign ministry countered that it “strongly condemns” China’s “irrational outbursts and crude threats” over the US announcement.“It is necessary for Taiwan to acquire military equipment from abroad and to strengthen its self-defence capabilities to maintain peace in the Taiwan Strait,” said spokeswoman Joanne Ou. “It is also a legitimate action to defend our national sovereignty and democratic system,” she added.Tensions between the US and China have been increasingly strained as the two sides tussle on various fronts -- ranging from the origins of the coronavirus pandemic and China’s policies in Hong Kong, Tibet and Xinjiang.Taiwan has been ruled separately from the mainland since 1949, although Beijing views the island as part of its territory and has vowed to seize it by force if necessary. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES US carries out first federal execution in 17 years Jul 15, 2020 0 1793 Scaled-down Bastille Day parade pays homage to French health workers Jul 15, 2020 0 611 Second virus wave in UK winter could see 120,000 deaths Jul 15, 2020 0 636 Tell-all book by Trump’s niece released after family bid to block it DPA New York A tell-all book by US President Donald Trump’s niece was published in the United States on Tuesday, despite attempts by family members to stop its release. In the memoir, ‘Too Much and Never Enough: How My .. US stance on South China Sea undermines regional peace: Beijing DPA Beijing China on Tuesday criticised Washington for challenging Beijing’s claims in the South China Sea amid escalating tensions between the two countries. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said .. Japan defence review slams China’s virus ‘disinformation’ TOKYO: China has been spreading “disinformation” about the coronavirus and its naval activities are a matter of “grave” concern, Japan said in its annual defence review published on Tuesday. After a period of warming .. French president wants face masks mandatory indoors as virus picks up PARIS: French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday that face masks could soon be required in public indoor spaces to curtail the coronavirus outbreak, acknowledging that infections were again on the rise. His .. Baby infected with COVID-19 in the womb: French study PARIS: Doctors in France have described what they said was the first confirmed case of a newborn infected in the womb with COVID-19 by the mother. The baby boy, born in March, suffered brain swelling and neurological .. Germany, Sweden lift COVID-19 travel restrictions BERLIN: Germany has lifted its travel warning for Sweden as the number of coronavirus cases there has fallen since the beginning of July. Sweden was the last country in Europe where the German Foreign Ministry had a travel .. Austria bans flights from Balkans to prevent imported virus cases VIENNA: Austria on Tuesday said it was suspending passenger flights from most Balkan countries, Moldova and Egypt to lower the risk of travellers infected with coronavirus entering the country. The measure will take .. UK U-turn as government confirms face mask order LONDON: Face masks will become compulsory in shops and supermarkets in England from next week, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Tuesday, marking a U-turn on previous policy. The new legislation will come into force ..