China’s new defense minister was previously sanctioned by US for buying military equipment from Russia

Streaming HUBMarch 12, 2023

Chinese general Li Shangfu, an aerospace engineer and veteran of the People’s Liberation Army, was named as China’s new defense minister on Sunday.

Li was approved by the US Treasury Department in 2018 when he was director of the Equipment Development Division, which oversees the country’s military technology.

The State Department said Lee was involved in the purchase of material for Su-35 fighter jets and S-400 surface-to-air missiles from a banned Russian company.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping, who was elected to a third five-year term this week by China’s rubber-stamp legislature, on Wednesday urged his country to strengthen its military to “world-class standards” and increase “the country’s overall strength”. systematically upgraded to face the With strategic risks.”

Newly-elected Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission of the People's Republic of China Zhang Youxia (C) takes the oath along with Central Military Commission members He Weidong and Li Shangfu after being elected during the Fourth Plenary Session of the National People's Congress. (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 11, 2023.

Newly-elected Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission of the People’s Republic of China Zhang Youxia (C) takes the oath along with Central Military Commission members He Weidong and Li Shangfu after being elected during the Fourth Plenary Session of the National People’s Congress. (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 11, 2023. (Greg Baker / Pool via Reuters / File photo)

Chinese military spending has increased by 7.2% this year to $230 billion.

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Four Republican chairmen of House committees issued a joint statement on Friday calling the military buildup by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) one of the most serious threats to US national security.

“It is clear from this threat assessment that the tactics used by the CCP to accomplish its goals have not entirely worked in its favor, leaving our country at a critical juncture. CCP should not be underestimated, but America can still win a peer to peer competition with the CCP if our government acts swiftly and in a unified manner,” the congressmen wrote.

His warning came days after Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang said that his country was heading towards “conflict and confrontation” with the US.

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“If the United States does not hit the brakes – but continues to accelerate down the wrong path – no amount of guardrails can stop the derailment and there will certainly be conflict and confrontation and who will bear the disastrous consequences?” Qin said at his first press conference on Tuesday.

“Such competition is a reckless gamble, involving the fundamental interests of two peoples and even the future of humanity.”

Fox News Digital’s Brandon Gillespie and Timothy Nerozi contributed to this report as well as Reuters.

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