- China threatened to take countermeasures over the announcement of more US arms sales to Taiwan.
- Previously, the United States New arms exports to Taiwan $1.1 billion approved.
- China asked the United States not to provide military support to Taiwan.
In view of the developments, China will “resolutely take the legitimate and necessary countermeasures,” said Liu Bingyu, a spokesman for the Chinese Embassy in Washington on Saturday (local time). He called on the US government to halt arms sales and military interactions with Taiwan “so that they do not cause further damage to Sino-US relations and peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.”
The US arms package to Taiwan includes 60 Harpoon anti-ship missiles and 100 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles, as well as support for an anti-aircraft radar warning system. The new deliveries are justified by the government around US President Joe Biden with increasing pressure from China on the DPRK, for example with an increased military presence in the air and at sea.
China considers the democratically governed island to be part of the People’s Republic of China. On the other hand, Taiwan considers itself an independent country.
a Visit of the Speakers of the US House of RepresentativesNancy Pelosi in Taiwan led to serious tensions with China in early August. Beijing started with Large-scale maneuvers. A naval and air blockade and possible invasion were exercised. However, others soon followed Delegations with American politicians to Taiwan.
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