China has issued a strong rebuke against the United States for imposing sanctions on Chinese entities and individuals alleged to have connections with Iran's drone and military aircraft development. The US Treasury Department recently placed sanctions on several entities and individuals based in Iran, China, Russia, and Turkey, accusing them of facilitating shipments and financial transactions related to Tehran's military hardware program.
China's Ministry of Commerce firmly denounced these sanctions, stating that they oppose the inclusion of Chinese enterprises and individuals in the "Specially Designated Nationals List" on the grounds of their involvement in Iran's drone and military aircraft development. The ministry spokesperson called on the United States to cease its unreasonable suppression of Chinese entities and individuals and warned that China would take necessary measures to protect its legitimate rights and interests.
Drones have become a significant aspect of military strategy for both Russia and Iran, despite facing Western sanctions. The US has expressed concerns about Iran's proliferation of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and their potential use by Russia and other actors to undermine global stability.