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Beijing warns Biden against arming Taiwan

Washington must stop arms sales to Taipei, China’s embassy in the US says

China will reply with “decisive and firm measures”Liu Pengyu (spokesman for China’s Embassy in Washington) stated Monday that Washington should continue military cooperation with Taiwan. Politico had reported on Monday that Joe Biden’s administration was planning to request lawmakers approve a $1.1 billion arms sales to Taiwan.

American arms exports to Taiwan are a “blatant violation” of the ‘one China’ policy and other diplomatic agreements reached between the US and China, Liu told the TASS news agency when asked about the reported weapons transfer. Similar deals can also be reached. “embolden separatists”According to the spokesperson, this could escalate tensions in Taiwan Strait. 

“The US side needs to immediately stop arms sales to and military contact with Taiwan, stop creating factors that could lead to tensions in the Taiwan Strait, and follow through on the US government statement of not supporting ‘Taiwan independence,’”The diplomat stressed.

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Liu said that China was going to take over “decisive and firm”Taking action to safeguard its sovereignty and security interest

Politico has sourced sources that claim the Taiwan arms package considered by the Biden Administration will include 60 AGM-84L Harpoon Block II Anti Ship Missiles worth $355 Million, 100 AIM-9X Block II Sidewinder Air-to-Air Missiles priced at $85.6 Million, and a $655.4 million surveillance radar extension.

Tensions within the Taiwan Strait are high ever since mid-August, when Nancy Pelosi (US House Speaker) visited Taipei in spite of repeated warnings by Beijing. This controversial visit sparked multiple rounds of Chinese military drills and sent tensions between China and the USA into crisis.

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Beijing considers Taiwan a part of China, and views visits by high-ranking foreign officials as attacks on its sovereignty and violations of the ‘One China’ policy enshrined in the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act, as well as a number of official statements. Taiwan Strait is a military source of tension. It separates Taiwan from mainland China since 1949, when Chinese nationalists fled to Taiwan after the Civil War.

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