China “Strongly” Urges US To Halt Taiwan Arms Sales After $300 Million Deal

Though it’s hardly surprising, given President Trump’s stridently anti-China rhetoric during the campaign, relations between the US and China have deteriorated to a dramatic degree since the beginning of 2018. And with the US and China trading threats following the US’s decision to sanction a branch of the Chinese military for buying arms from Russia (as China threatened the US with unspecified “consequences” if it didn’t undo its “mistake”), the US has thrown gasoline on the fire by moving ahead with a planned sale of F-16 fighter jets and other weaponry to Taiwan in defiance of China’s warnings, per Reuters and Bloomberg.

The arms sale follows China’s participation in joint military drills with Russia earlier this month, as well as drills in the Strait of Taiwan earlier this year that were intended to simulate an invasion.

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