As of Wednesday, the US State Department has approved the potential sale of advanced weapons to Taiwan worth $1.8 billion. The sale includes a range of combat technology including missiles, artillery, and sensors.
Yesterday, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian voiced China’s clear disapproval of the sale, saying that it “severely undermines China-US relations” as well as the “peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.”
Spokesman Zhao ended his response on an ominous note, stating that “China will make a legitimate and necessary reaction in the light of the development of the situation.”
Here is the full dialogue:
“Reuters: The Pentagon said on Wednesday that the United States has approved the potential sales of three weapons systems to Taiwan that could have a total value of 1.8 billion dollars. What is your comment on this potential sales?
Zhao Lijian: The United States seriously violates the one-China principle and the provisions of the three China-US joint communiqués, especially the August 17 Communiqué, by selling arms to the Taiwan region. It seriously interferes in China’s internal affairs, seriously harms China’s sovereignty and security interests, sends out gravely wrong signals to Taiwan independence forces and severely undermines China-US relations and peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. China firmly opposes it.
China urges the US side to fully recognize the very damaging nature of arms sales to Taiwan, abide by the one-China principle and the provisions of the three China-US joint communiqués, stop arms sales to and military ties with the Taiwan region, cancel its arms sales plans to avoid further harming China-US relations and cross-strait peace and stability. China will make a legitimate and necessary reaction in the light of the development of the situation.”