China Warns Proposed U.S. Arms Sales to Taiwan Will Threaten Regional Peace

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China has lodged “solemn representations” with the U.S. authorities over the proposed sale of American torpedoes to Taiwan—a deal that Beijing claims will threaten regional peace.

The U.S. authorities notified Congress Wednesday of the deliberate sale of superior torpedoes value $180 million, prompting protests from Beijing—which doesn’t acknowledge Taiwan as an impartial nation.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian informed reporters at a briefing Thursday that Beijing had lodged “solemn representations” with the U.S. to complain concerning the deliberate sale.

Zhao stated Beijing firmly opposes arms gross sales to Taiwan, and warned that the deal may undermine each U.S.-China relations and regional stability.

The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency launched an announcement Wednesday noting it had “delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale” of 18 MK-48 Mod6 Advanced Technology Heavy Weight Torpedoes and associated gear, value some $180 million.

The company stated the deal is in assist of Taiwan’s “continuing efforts to modernize its armed forces and to maintain a credible defensive capability.”

The U.S. has no official diplomatic ties with Taiwan, however is required by legislation to supply the island nation with the army means to defend itself.

China considers the democratic nation to be a wayward province, and below its “One China” coverage intends to carry the nation again below Beijing’s management.

Taiwan—formally referred to as the Republic of China (RoC)—has been impartial for greater than 70 years, having emerged from the final bastion of the nationalist forces that misplaced the Chinese Civil War to the Communist Party. It turned the RoC capital in 1949.

Beijing has persistently vowed to regain control of the island, both by diplomatic or army means. Taiwan sits 80 miles from the Chinese coast throughout the Taiwan Strait, a strategic waterway the place Chinese, U.S. and Taiwanese forces commonly conduct army operations.

The discover of the torpedo deal was issued on the identical day that Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen was sworn in for her second time period, having triumphed in January’s election. Tsai—the chief of the nationalist and liberal Democratic Progressive Party—stated she strongly rejected Beijing’s declare of sovereignty over the island.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo congratulated Tsai on her second time period, noting: “The United States has long considered Taiwan a force for good in the world and a reliable partner. Support for Taiwan in the United States is bipartisan and unanimous.”

Beijing reacted angrily, expressing “strong indignation and condemnation.” Zhao informed reporters Wednesday that China “will take necessary countermeasures, and the consequences will be borne by the U.S. side.”

China Warns Proposed U.S. Arms Sales to Taiwan Will Threaten Regional Peace
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen is pictured alongside a masked soldier throughout her go to to a army base in Tainan, Taiwan, on April 9, 2020. SAM YEH/AFP by way of Getty Images/Getty