China’s military this week cut off defense talks with the Pentagon and recalled a visiting PLA admiral to protest new sanctions on the Chinese military for arms sales to Russia.

People’s Liberation Army Vice Admiral Shen Jinlong was scheduled to meet Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson on Saturday at the Pentagon. But the meeting was canceled and Shen abruptly ordered to return to China while attending a seapower conference at the Naval War College in Rhode Island.

“We were informed that Vice Adm. Shen Jinlong has been recalled to China and would not conduct the visit with Adm. Richardson,” Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Chris Logan said, without elaborating.

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