Beijing will make ‘necessary’ response as US reportedly plans more arms sales to Taiwan

Date: 13 Oct, 2020

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen leaves the annual Han Kuang military drill in, Taichung, Taiwan, July 16, 2020. © Reuters / Ann Wang

China has threatened to make a legitimate response amid reports of US moving forward with new sales of advanced weaponry to Taiwan.

The Foreign Ministry in Beijing said on Tuesday that a “legitimate and necessary” response will follow further US arms sales to Taiwan. The United States should immediately halt all weapons sales to Taiwan, ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters.

China resolutely opposes the US plan to sell three weapons systems to the island, Zhao said. The response will depend on how the situation develops, the spokesperson added.

Beijing’s embassy in Washington also criticized late Monday the possible sale of the weaponry.

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