March 22, 2019 / 7:52 AM / 4 months ago

China protests to U.S. over sanctions on firms related to North Korea

FILE PHOTO: Flags of China and North Korea are seen outside the closed Ryugyong Korean Restaurant in Ningbo, Zhejiang province, China, in this April 12, 2016 file photo. REUTERS/Joseph Campbell/Files

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has lodged stern representations with the United States over sanctions on Chinese firms related to North Korea, Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a daily news briefing on Friday.

The United States imposed sanctions on two Chinese shipping companies it says helped North Korea evade sanctions over its nuclear weapons programme, the first such steps since a U.S.-North Korean summit collapsed last month.

Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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