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US sanctions Chinese agency for buying Russia military equipment 

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  • The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions against a Chinese military agency and its director for defying a law by buying defense equipment from Russia.
  • U.S. State Department officials said it would immediately impose sanctions against China's Equipment Development Department for engaging in "significant transactions" with Rosoboronexport, Russia's main arms exporter.
President Donald Trump speaks to the media with Polish President Andrzej Duda in the Oval office at the White House on September 18, 2018 in Washington,DC. 
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The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions against a Chinese military agency and its director for buying defense equipment from Russia, in contravention of a sweeping U.S. sanctions bill signed in 2017.

U.S. State Department officials said it would immediately impose sanctions against China's Equipment Development Department, which oversees defense technology, for engaging in "significant transactions" with Rosoboronexport, Russia's main arms exporter.

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