China deplores US’s arms sales to Taiwan

BEIJING, July 09 (INP): The US’s arms sales to Taiwan are seriously violating the basic norms of international law and international relations.

It is a serious violation of the one-China principle and the three Sino-US joint communiques, and grossly interferes in China’s internal affairs and undermines China’s sovereignty and security interests, said a spokesperson of the Chinese Foreign Ministry Geng Shuang at a weekly news briefing here on Tuesday.

Responding to a question regarding the approval of the US State Department for the sale of weapons and equipment worth about $2.2 billion to Taiwan, the spokesperson said, “The Chinese side expressed strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition to this, and has already made solemn representations to the US in this regard.

Taiwan is an inalienable part of Chinese territory. No one should underestimate the strong will and firm determination of the Chinese government and people to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity and oppose foreign interference.”

The spokesperson added, “We urge the US to abide by the one-China principle and the three Sino-US joint communiques, immediately withdraw the above-mentioned arms sales plan against Taiwan, and stop military-military relations between the United States and Taiwan, so as to avoid further damage to Sino-US relations and peace and stability across the Taiwan Straits.

China urges the US to abide by the one-China principle and the three Sino-US joint communiques, immediately withdraw the relevant arms sales plan to Taiwan, and stop military-military relations between the United States and Taiwan, so as to avoid further damage to Sino-US relations and peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.

The relationship between the two militaries is an important part of Sino-US relations. Of course, the relationship between the two militaries will also be affected by the overall relationship between China and the United States.”

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