China to US: Cancel arms sale to Taiwan to prevent damage to relations

“The US arms sale to Taiwan gravely violates international law and basic norms in international relations, seriously breaches the one-China principle and the three China-US joint communiques, flagrantly interferes in China’s domestic affairs and harms China’s sovereignty and security interests,” Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang said on July 9 after the US State Department approved the possible sale of Abrams Tanks and MANPAD Stinger missiles to Taiwan.

“China deplores and resolutely opposes it. We have lodged stern representations with the US,” the Chinese spokesperson added.

He said that “Taiwan is an inalienable part of the Chinese territory. No one should underestimate the Chinese government and people’s will and resolve to defend our sovereignty and territorial integrity against foreign interference.”

He urged the US to stay committed to one-China principle and the three joint communiques. “[C]ancel this arms sale immediately and stop military ties with Taiwan to prevent further damage to China-US relations and peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait,” he said.

The US State Department has released two approvals for possible Foreign Military Sale to Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) of 108 M1A2T Abrams Tanks with armaments and ammunition, and 250 Block I -92F MANPAD Stinger missiles.

For the MANPAD Stinger missiles, US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said “the recipient intends to use these defense articles and services to modernize its armed forces and expand its existing air defense architecture to counter threats.”

“This will contribute to the recipient military’s goal to update its capability while further enhancing greater interoperability between the recipient, the U.S., and other partners,” it added.

For the Abrams Tanks, US DSCA said the proposed sale “will contribute to the modernization of the recipient’s main battle tank fleet, enhancing its ability to meet current and future regional threats and to strengthen its homeland defense.”

“These tanks will contribute to the recipient’s goal of updating its military capability while further enhancing interoperability with the United States and other partners,” it added.