China urges U.S. to scrap plan of arms sales to Taiwan

Added On October 28, 2020

 A foreign ministry spokesperson says that China firmly opposes the United States' arms sales to Taiwan and urges the U.S. side to revoke its relevant plan to sell arms to the island.

Spokesperson Wang Wenbin made the remarks on Tuesday at a press conference when answering a question on the United States' approval of a plan to sell Harpoon missile systems worth about 2.4 billion U.S. dollars to Taiwan. 
Wang said the U.S. arms sales to Taiwan severely violate the one-China principle and the three China-U.S. joint communiques, particularly the August 17 Communique, and seriously interfere in China's internal affairs and undermine China's sovereignty and security interests.
He said the move has sent a wrong signal to "Taiwan independence" secessionist forces and seriously undermined China-U.S. relations as well as peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.
He added that "China will take legitimate and necessary measures to firmly safeguard its national sovereignty and security interests."
On the same day, spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council Zhu Fenglian also voiced firm opposition to U.S. arms sales to Taiwan.
The spokesperson said the Democratic Progressive Party authority in Taiwan has been stubbornly counting on military force to seek "Taiwan independence," adding that such attempts will only undermine peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and bring disaster to people in the region.