Via The War Files – In the near future, the Trump-admin plans to sell Taiwan over $1.4 billion in weapons, while China’s ambassador to the US reportedly said the deal “goes against the spirit of talks” between President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping.”
And all these actions – sanctions against Chinese companies and especially arms sales to Taiwan – will certainly undermine the mutual confidence between the two sides and runs counter to the spirit of the Mar-a-Lago summit,” Ambassador Cui Tiankai said. “The administration had formally notified Congress of seven proposed defense sales for Taiwan. It’s now valued about $1.42 billion,” US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.
When the sale was first announced in March, it received criticism from Beijing, who said the weapons won’t prevent the self-ruled island’s re-unification with China.
“Separatist Taiwan independence forces and their activities are the greatest threat to peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait,” Chinese DM spokesman Wu Qian said. “It is futile to use weapons to refuse unification, and is doomed to have no way out.”
Taiwan has been self-ruled since the end of China’s civil war in 1950, but Beijing has maintained its sovereignty over the island. The weapons sale also needs congressional approval.
Two years ago, President Obama announced a $1.83 billion arms sale to Taiwan, provoking an angry reaction from China. The previous package included two Naval frigates as well as anti-tank missiles and amphibious assautlt vehicles.