China strongly opposes U.S. arms sales of $1.4 billion to Taiwan

China considers Taiwan to be part of its territory and has long opposed any arms sales to the self-governing island by foreign entities. It insists on eventual reunification, through force if necessary.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said the sale would severely damage ’s sovereignty and security interests and run counter to Washington’s commitment to a “one-China” policy.

“We stress that nobody could sway our determination to uphold our territorial integrity and sovereignty,” Lu said at a regular daily briefing. “We oppose any external interference in our internal affairs.”

The sale was broadly welcomed on Taiwan as a show of U.S. support, despite concerns about the strain on finances and ’s angry response. Taiwan’s defence department said the sale would enhance the island’s self-defence capability.

Beijing cut ties with the government of Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen shortly after she took office in May last year and has been steadily ratcheting up diplomatic and economic pressure. Her ruling Democratic Progressive Party says it wants stable relations with Beijing, but hasn’t followed her predecessor, Ma Ying-jeou, in endorsing the “one-China” principle.

 

 

 

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