China strongly opposes U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, warns of consequences

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Zhu Fenglian

28th February 2024 – (Beijing) A spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, Zhu Fenglian, expressed China’s staunch opposition to the United States’ arms sales to Taiwan.

Zhu emphasised the imperative for the U.S. to strictly adhere to the one-China principle and the three China-U.S. joint communiques, urging an immediate halt to arms sales to Taiwan.

Her remarks came in response to the recent approval by the U.S. government to sell arms amounting to approximately $75 million to Taiwan.

Zhu also issued a cautionary message to the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) authorities in Taiwan, warning them about the ramifications of their attempts to seek U.S. support for their pursuit of “independence” and their inclination towards resorting to force. She stated that such actions would dangerously escalate tensions and put the people of Taiwan at risk.

China has long considered Taiwan as an inseparable part of its territory and views any attempt towards independence as a serious violation of its sovereignty. The country has consistently urged the international community, including the U.S., to respect the one-China principle and refrain from engaging in any activities that could undermine the delicate cross-strait relations.