Another day, another round of U.S. sanctions. This time, Washington levied them against a Chinese military unit, known as the Equipment Development Department, for purchasing Su-35 fighter jets and S-400 missile defense systems. Beijing has already criticized the move, calling it a violation of international norms, and has threatened unspecified consequences if sanctions are not lifted. U.S. officials said Russia was their primary target – which makes sense, considering how hard Russia has been working to add value to its exports via its defense industry – but it’s hard to figure that the gains from the sanctions against China are purely incidental. Surely paying attention to how this episode plays out are other U.S. partners such as India, which has also agreed to buy S-400s.
Ukraine and Hungary continue to butt heads. It started with the Hungarian Consulate in Berehove, where the Hungarian government issued Hungarian passports to Ukrainian citizens. Hungary has a strategic i