China expressed its firm opposition to the US approval of a US$95 million arms deal with Taiwan and vowed to take firm and forceful measures to resolutely safeguard its sovereignty and security interests.
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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said on Wednesday that arms sales seriously invade China’s sovereignty, security and development interests, damage China-U.S. relations and endanger peace. and stability in the Taiwan Strait.
He urged the US to earnestly abide by the one-China principle and the three China-US joint communiqués. and cease arms sales and military interactions with Taiwan.
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“China will resolutely take strong measures to protect its sovereignty and security interests,” he said.
The US agency for defense and security cooperation, DSCA, previously reported that the State Department approved the probable transaction on the sale of arms to
Taiwan, which stipulates, in particular, the maintenance of Patriot systems.
As the general contractor for that contract, estimated at 95 million dollars, the company Raytheon Technologies, already sanctioned by China for selling weapons to Taipei, would act.
Ma Xiaoguang, spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, on Wednesday urged the United States to immediately rectify its wrong move and stop playing with fire on Taiwan-related issues.