China fumes over US arms deal with Taiwan — Analysis

Beijing insisted that Washington ‘immediately’ reverse recently approved deals for missiles and radar systems

China’s envoyTo the United States has condemned proposed weapons sales to Taiwan worth more than $1 billion, saying the deals will strike a blow to its relations with Washington and send the “wrong signals” to “separatist forces”On the island.

A spokesman for China’s embassy in the US, Liu Pengyu, issued a lengthy statement denouncing the new arms transfers after they were approved earlier on Friday, noting that Beijing is “firmly opposed”All such sales are prohibited.

“China urges the US side to honor its commitment, earnestly abide by the one-China principle, … stop arms sales to and military interactions with Taiwan, and immediately revoke relevant arms sales to Taiwan, lest it should cause more damage to China-US relations and peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait,”Liu added that they would be selling the product. “[interfere]China’s inner affairs [undermine] China’s sovereignty and security interests.”

An earlier day, three separate military sales by the US to Taiwan were approved by the State Department. This included an $85.6 million contract to purchase 100 Sidewinder rockets, $355 Million to buy 60 Harpoon munitions and $665.4 Million to finance. “logistical and program support”American arms dealer Raytheon produced the radar system. Although the total sales amount would be $1.1billion, Congress still needs to approve their finalization.

USA approves arms sales to Taiwan

Though Taiwan has long been self-governed, Beijing maintains the island is part of China’s sovereign territory and has vowed to someday reunify with the breakaway region. Although there are ongoing relations between Washington, Taipei and Nancy Pelosi’s House speaker visit, Taiwan is not recognized by the United States as an independent country.

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