Taiwan and U.S. arms deal after China sanctions threat, The U.S. does not have formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan, but U.S. law requires that it provide Taiwan with sufficient defense equipment and services for self-defense.
On Saturday Taiwan defended a proposal to purchase $2.2 billion in arms from the U.S.
The Chinese announcement :
That it would sanction any American companies involved in the deal.
China announced late Friday that :
It would impose sanctions on any U.S. enterprises involved in the deal.
Saying it :
“undermines China’s sovereignty and national security.”
The defense ministry said :
U.S. weapons help strengthen Taiwan’s self-defense in the face of a growing military threat from China.
The ministry said in a statement:
“The national army will continue to strengthen its key defense forces, ensure national security, protect its homeland and ensure that the fruits of freedom and democracy won’t be attacked.”
China’s top diplomat Wang Yi warned Washington “it should not play with fire” on the question of Taiwan.
The Trump administration announced the proposed $2.2 billion sales, which would include 108 Abrams tanks and 250 Stinger surface-to-air missiles.
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, speaking in New York on Friday.
According to a transcript posted on the presidential office website.
Said that :
“her government has strengthened Taiwan’s national defense to protect its democracy.”
China has objected to Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen visit to the U.S.
She has rejected Chinese pressure to reunite Taiwan and China under the “one country, two systems” framework that governs Hong Kong.
She said on Friday that :
The people of Taiwan stand with the young people of Hong Kong who are fighting for democratic freedoms in ongoing protests.
“Hong Kong’s experience under ‘one country, two systems’ has shown the world once and for all that authoritarianism and democracy cannot coexist.”