The US State Department has approved the potential sale to Taiwan of $2.2 billion in arms, including Abrams tanks and Stinger missiles, the Pentagon said on Monday
Congress has been notified about the potential deal, which would include 108 M1A2T Abrams tanks, some 250 Stinger missiles, related equipment and support, according to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA).
US lawmakers have 30 days to object to the sale but are unlikely to do so.
China urged the United States to “immediately cancel” a potential US$2.2 billion arms sales to Taiwan, saying it strongly opposes the action.
BEIJING: China on Tuesday (Jul 9) urged the United States to “immediately cancel” a potential US$2.2 billion arms sales to Taiwan, saying it strongly opposes the action.
It would be the first big-ticket US military sale to Taiwan in decades, and comes as ties between Washington and Beijing are already strained by their trade war.
China has lodged formal complaints through diplomatic channels expressing “strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition” to the move, China’s foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a regular press briefing.
“The sale of weapons by the United States to Taiwan … seriously violates the one-China principle … grossly interferes in China’s internal affairs and undermines China’s sovereignty and security interests,” Geng said at a daily news briefing in Beijing.
“China urges the US to … immediately cancel the planned arms sale and stop military relations with Taipei to avoid damaging Sino-US relations and harming peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait,” he added.