China Demands that US Stop Selling Arms to Taiwan

Chinese Defense Ministry spokesperson Tan Kefei said Monday that China has demanded the United States scrap its deal with Taiwan on providing arms and stop military cooperation with Taipei. 

“China demands that the U.S. immediately withdraw its plan to sell weapons to Taiwan and cut off all military ties with the island; otherwise, the responsibility for the destruction of relations between Beijing and Washington, as well as peace and stability in Taiwan, will fall entirely on the United States,” Tan Kefei said

On Friday, the Pentagon said the State Department approved the potential sale of military-technical assistance to Taiwan worth about $108 million. 

In response, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said on Monday the US arms sales to the Taiwan region seriously undermine China’s sovereignty and security interests and severely harm China-US relations and peace and stability across the Taiwan Straits. 

“China firmly opposes and strongly condemns this and has lodged solemn representations with the US side,” Wang said

Wang also said that China urged the US to abide by the one-China principle and the China-US joint communique. 

“China will continue to take resolute and strong measures to firmly defend its sovereignty and security interests,” Wang added. 

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