China on Thursday warned the U.S. to "terminate arms sales and military contact with Taiwan".
This comes after the U.S. State Department on Wednesday, notified Congress of an approved one.eight billion US dollars' worth of arms sales to Taiwan.
In response to the U.S.' proposed sales of sensors, missiles and artillery,… Zhao Lijian, China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson, strongly opposed the decision during a daily news briefing on Thursday local time,… saying that China will take "legitimate" and "necessary" measures depending on how the situation progresses.
"The U.S. sales of weapons to Taiwan severely violate the One China principle and the Three Joint Communiques, particularly the August 17th communique, seriously interfere with China's internal affairs, seriously damage China's sovereignty and security interests, send a seriously wrong signal to Taiwan independence forces, and severely damage China-U.S. relations and peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. China firmly opposes to this."
Meanwhile in Taipei, the Defense Minister of Taiwan thanked the U.S.,… saying that the weapons will help improve its "defensive capabilities". He also added that Taiwan has no interest in engaging in an arms race with China.
"Regarding the U.S. arms sales this time, we express our sincere appreciation."
Last week, Reuters reported the White House was going forward with five separate military sales deals with Taiwan worth a total of five billion U.S. dollars.
Choi Min-jung, Arirang News.