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WorldChina is urging the US to cancel a $2.2 billion arms sale to Taiwan

00:12  10 july  2019
00:12  10 july  2019 Source:   cnbc.com

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China has asked the U . S . to cancel any planned arms sale to Taiwan , accusing Washington of interfering in domestic Chinese affairs. Geng added that China had already lodged formal complaints opposing any sale through "diplomatic channels, "and urged Washington that to avoid to

China urged Washington on Tuesday to “immediately cancel ” the potential sale of $ 2 . 2 billion in weapons to Taiwan , including battle tanks The US State Department has approved the possible sale to Taiwan of M1 A 2 T Abrams tanks, Stinger missiles and related equipment with an estimated value

China is urging the US to cancel a $2.2 billion arms sale to Taiwan© Provided by CNBC LLC US-made M60 A3 tanks are fired during a life-fire drill on May 25, 2017.

China has asked the U.S. to cancel any planned arms sale to Taiwan, accusing Washington of interfering in domestic Chinese affairs.

On Monday, the Pentagon announced to Congress it is likely to make a major sale of arms to the East Asian state when it outlined a $2.2 billion deal to provide tanks, anti-aircraft missiles and related equipment.

Taiwan is officially known as the Republic of China (ROC), whereas mainland China to its west is known as the People's Republic of China (PRC). Beijing policy dictates that China will refuse diplomatic relations with any country that recognizes the island as a sovereign state.

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China urged the United States to immediately revoke the planned arms sale and end all contacts between the U . S . and Taiwan militaries to avoid further damage to Sino- U . S . ties and peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, he added. Taiwan ’s Presidential Office expressed “sincere gratitude” to

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The United States has tentatively approved the sale of $ 2 billion in military hardware to Taiwan , demonstrating support for its unofficial ally in a The armaments would provide Taiwan with greater deterrence capabilities against the growing military threat from China , experts said.

Added to that historical tension, the military sale comes at a time when relations between Washington and Beijing are at a particularly low ebb due to the ongoing trade war.

China's foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters Tuesday that the sale of weapons "seriously violates the one-China principle," and "grossly interferes in China's internal affairs and undermines China's sovereignty and security interests."

Geng added that China had already lodged formal complaints opposing any sale through "diplomatic channels, "and urged Washington that to avoid to disrupting stability in the Taiwan Strait, it must "immediately cancel the planned arms sale and stop military relations with Taipei."

The possible deal would include 108 General Dynamics M1A2T Abrams tanks and 250 Stinger missiles. The sale could also include mounted machine guns and ammunitions.

In 1982, the United States issued the "Six Assurances" — six foreign policy principles designed to reassure Taiwan that it would continue to support the island even in the absence of formal diplomatic relations.

In a statement on its English-language website, the Taiwan Presidential Office expressed "sincere thanks" to the United States for helping the island strengthen its defense.

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