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China is calling on the United States to immediately rescind its plan to sell arms to Taiwan and to stop meddling in affairs related to the island.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced in a statement that the U.S. State Department approved the sale of naval spare parts to Taiwan's economic and cultural representative office in the United States at an estimated cost of $120 million. This transaction "serves U.S. national, economic and security interests," the text argues.
In reaction, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian on Thursday strongly condemned the arms sale to Taiwan and emphasized that the U.S. move "seriously violates the one-China principle and the provisions of the three U.S.-China joint communiqués".
He stressed that the delivery of arms to Taipei harms Chinese sovereignty and security, Beijing-Washington relations and peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.
The Chinese diplomat urged Washington to reverse the transaction announced Wednesday and, in general, to stop selling arms to Taiwan and suspend its other military contracts with the island.
#FMsays China firmly condemns the US selling weapons to #Taiwan, Zhao Lijian said after the US approved a possible sale of ship parts and equipment to the island. He urged the US to observe the one-China principle and the three China-US joint communiques and revoke the sale. pic.twitter.com/Zrwn19fnLu
In this context, he warned that Beijing will continue to act decisively to protect its sovereignty and security interests.
In this way, the Asian giant made clear once again that Taiwan is the most sensitive and important issue in its ties with the United States, as well as the open rejection of Washington's attempts to strengthen support for Taiwanese pro-independence forces.
Interactions and exchanges between Taiwan and Washington are common, as well as visits by U.S. officials to the island, despite China's criticism of U.S. support and rapprochement with Taiwan, an autonomous island that Beijing considers an integral part of the Asian giant, under the “one China” policy.