US Arms Sales to Taiwan Denounced by China Once Again
On Saturday, China once again denounced American arms sales to Taiwan, stressing that these were an "intrusion" in the Chinese internal affairs, and risked undermining the county's relationship with the United States.
The latest denouncement, which came from the Chinese Foreign Ministry, was with regards to a $1.1 Billion order that was recently received by Raytheon Co. for providing ground-system hardware to support Taiwan's Patriot air defense capability.
Also, very recently on Thursday, China had condemned American's decision to approve the sale of Patriot missiles by Lockheed Martin to Taiwan, which Beijing believes is a renegade province.
While expressing its anger on the development, the Chinese Defense Ministry said on late Friday that it reserved "the right to take further actions", and the warning has come after comments shared earlier this week by a Chinese military officer who proposed to sanction American firms' sale of arms to Taiwan.
On its end, the US has stressed that it has every right to sell arms to Taiwan. "We do make available to Taiwan defense articles and services necessary to enable Taiwan to maintain a sufficient self-defense capability pursuant to the Taiwan Relations Act, and we will continue to do that", said State Department spokesman Philip J. Crowley.
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