CHINA US arms sales to Taiwan wrong and dangerous: Chinese defense ministry

CHINA

US arms sales to Taiwan wrong and dangerous: Chinese defense ministry

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11:00, April 24, 2019

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J-15s with folded wings aboard the Liaoning, China's first aircraft carrier. (Photo: Xinhua)

The Chinese military firmly opposes the US' plan to sell arms to Taiwan and has already made solemn representations to the US side, said a statement released by the Chinese Ministry of National Defense on Wednesday.

On April 15, the US State Department approved a $500 million arms sale to Taiwan and notified Congress.

This move seriously violates the one-China principle and the three Sino-US joint communiqués, interfers in China's internal affairs, undermines China's sovereignty and security interests, poisons the development atmosphere of Sino-US relations, and seriously damages the relations and peace and stability across the Taiwan Straits, Chinese Defense Ministry spokesperson Wu Qian responded in the statement.

"It is completely wrong and highly dangerous," Wu stressed.

Taiwan is an inseparable part of China. China resolutely opposes the sale of weapons by any country to Taiwan and resolutely opposes any country's military ties with Taiwan.

The Taiwan issue concerns China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, and China's core interests. It is the most important and sensitive issue in Sino-US relations, said Wu.

"There is no way out to bank on foreign forces to build themselves up and it's doomed to be futile to try to oppress China via Taiwan," Wu noted.

The Chinese side urged the US to immediately revoke the arms sale plan, to stop selling arms to Taiwan and to cut any military links with Taiwan, so as to avoid further damages to the Sino-US relations and the cross-Strait peace and stability, said the statement.

The Chinese military has a firm will, confidence and sufficient capacity to defeat any forms of external interference and "Taiwan independence" separatist acts, defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and safeguard cross-Strait peace and stability, Wu said.

(Compiled by Huang Jingjing)

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