China urges U.S. to cancel arms sale to Taiwan

OAN Newsroom
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.”

FILE – The first team of Taiwan artillery women poses for the press during the annual Han Kuang exercises in Pingtung County, Southern Taiwan. On  Thursday, June 6, 2019 Taiwan confirmed that it asked to purchase more than 100 U.S. tanks, along with air defense and anti-tank missile systems in a major potential arms sale that could worsen frictions between Washington and Beijing. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying, File

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.

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