China condemns planned US arms sales to Taiwan

Added On August 23, 2019

China on Wednesday urged the United States to immediately cancel the planned arms sales to Taiwan, or it will take all necessary measures to defend its own interests including imposing sanctions on U.S. companies involved in the arms sales.
The U.S. Defense Department on Wednesday officially notified the U.S. Congress of the plan to sell 66 F-16 fighters and relevant equipment worth around 8 billion U.S. dollars to Taiwan.
In response, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang says "China firmly opposes the plan and has lodged solemn representations and protests to the U.S. side."
Geng said the plan seriously violated international laws and basic norms governing international relations, as well as the one-China principle and the three China-U.S. joint communiques, especially the August 17 Communique.
He urged the U.S. side to abide by the one-China principle and relevant provisions laid out in the three China-U.S. joint communiques, "immediately cancel the aforementioned arms sales plan, cease arms sales to Taiwan and sever military ties with the island."