UPDATED 7:46 AM PT – Tuesday, July 9, 2019
China recently spoke out against Washington’s weapons deal with Taiwan. During a press conference Tuesday, China’s foreign ministry urged the U.S. to cancel the $2.2 billion deal. The agreement would provide Taiwan with two tanks, missiles, and other military equipment.
China has accused the U.S. of “crudely” violating international law, and meddling in China’s internal affairs. Officials claimed that interference is “harming China’s sovereignty and security interests.”
Meanwhile, Taiwan’s military confirmed it requested assistance from the U.S.
“This is the fourth time that the Trump government is selling arms to Taiwan, showing that the U.S. is moving towards a normalized arms-sales relationship with Taiwan. Taiwan and the U.S. continue to consolidate the Taiwan-U.S. security partnership. Together we will guard the democracy and freedom of the Taiwan Strait as well as the stability in the Indo-Pacific region.”
— Wu Pao-Kun, director of strategic planning – Taiwan Defense Ministry
Although the U.S. and Taiwan don’t have formal ties, the U.S. is bound by law to provide the country with the necessary means to defend itself.