China has warned the United States to cease its arms sales and military interactions with Taiwan after Washington agreed to sell anti-ship and air-to-air missiles worth billions of dollars to Taiwan.
Liu Pengyu, a spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy in Washington, warned that China will “resolutely take legitimate and necessary countermeasures” in light of the recent U.S. arms sales to Taiwan.
Liu said the arms sale “severely jeopardizes China-US relations and peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait,” and urged Washington to immediately revoke the plan.
$1.1 Billion Arms SaleThe U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said Saturday that it had formally informed Congress about the possible arms sale, which totals just over $1.1 billion.
The three contracts also include related military equipment, parts, as well as technical and logistic support services. This marks the sixth arms sale approved under the Biden administration, according to the DSCA.
Taiwan’s Presidential Office said the arms sale would help the self-ruled island strengthen its self-defense and cope with China’s military pressure surrounding its border.
US Policy on TaiwanU.S. President Joe Biden has said that Washington will defend Taiwan if China attacks, but the U.S. policy on Taiwan remains unchanged.
“We agree with a ‘One China’ policy, we’ve signed onto it, and all the intended agreements made from there. But the idea that [Taiwan] can be taken by force … is just not appropriate,” Biden said during a May 23 press conference in Tokyo.
Washington does not support Taiwan’s independence and opposes any unilateral changes to the status quo from either side, but it would still provide Taiwan with the capabilities necessary to maintain its defense.