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China urges US to honor pacts on Taipei, halt arms sales to island

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying

China has again called on the US to abide by the provisions of the Beijing-Washington communiques and halt military ties to Chinese Taipei, insisting that the island territory is an inalienable part of China.

Marking the 39th anniversary of the issuance of the communique regarding arms sales to the Chinese Taipei on Tuesday, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said during her daily press briefing that the formal documents constituted the political foundation of bilateral ties, “the essential core of which is the one-China principle, which the US side should strictly follow,” Xinhua reported.

Hua also reiterated that Washington had conducted “official” exchanges with Taipei and had sold various types of weaponry to the island in repeated violation of its own pledges.

She then cited multiple instances of weapons sales to Chinese Taipei by successive US administrations, including a plan recently announced by the US President Joe Biden administration to ship armaments worth nearly 750 million dollars to the territory.

“We’d like to try our best to strive for the prospect of peaceful reunification with utmost sincerity, and at the same time, will reserve the option of taking all necessary countermeasures against foreign intervention, as well as a few ‘Taiwan independence’ secessionists and their activities,” Hua said.

“No one should underestimate the firm determination, strong will, and powerful capabilities of the Chinese people in defending national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” she said.

“No matter how many weapons the United States provides to Taiwan, there is no possibility it will change the general trend of cross-Strait relations, and still less that it will impede China’s reunification process,” Hua said.

The spokesperson then called on Washington to clearly recognize the highly sensitive and harmful nature of the issue involving the transfer of arms to Chinese Taipei, halt official exchanges and military links with the island, and cease arms sales to the territory to avoid the further damaging of US-China relations as well as peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.

Beijing last week urged Washington to stop interfering in the affairs of Chinese Taipei and sending wrong signals to separatist forces in the self-governed island.


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