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The United States on Friday announced a new round of arms sales to Taiwan, totaling $1.1 billion, to which China, which considers the island part of its territory, immediately asked them to give up, threatening to take “countermeasures”.
This new arms sale comes a month after a visit to Taiwan by the President of House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, who had enraged Beijing. China then launched the most important military maneuvers in its history around the island.
The US government has approved the sale to Taipei for $355 million of 60 Harpoon missiles capable of sinking warships, 100 Sidewinder short-range missiles ($85.6 million), capable of intercepting missiles or drones, and $665 million maintenance contract for Taiwan's radar system, the State Department said in a statement.
These transactions “serve the economic and national security interests of the United States by supporting the efforts (of Taiwan) to modernize its armed forces”, underlined the American diplomacy via a spokesperson.
Beijing immediately demanded that Washington renounce these transactions, declaring itself “firmly opposed”, through the voice of the spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy in Washington, Liu Pengyu.
China calls on the United States to “immediately revoke” arms sales to Taiwan, “lest they further affect relations with the United States, as well as peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait”, added the spokesperson in a press release.
“China will resolutely take legitimate and necessary countermeasures in light of the situation,” he concluded.
Since 2010, the United States has notified Congress of more than $35 billion arms sales to Taiwan, said a spokesperson for the State Department, which approved these transactions.
To materialize, these sales must receive the approval of Congress, which is largely a given, with military support for Taiwan enjoying broad support among elected officials on both sides.
These arms sales are “essential to Taiwan's security and we will continue to work with the industry to support this goal,” the State Department spokesperson added.
“We call on Beijing to end its military, diplomatic, and economic pressure on Taiwan and instead engage in a dialogue with Taipei, he continued.
“The United States continues to support a peaceful resolution of the matter, consistent with the wishes x and for the benefit of the Taiwanese people,” he concluded.