China denounces US’ planned F-16 sale to Taiwan

Beijing warns of countermeasures if $11b sale of fighter jets proceeds

Straits Times
Date: Aug 17, 2019

A US-made F-16 fighter jet launching a flare during a military drill in Taiwan’s Pingtung county in May. Washington is the main arms supplier to Taiwan and Beijing has repeatedly denounced US arms sales to the island. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

WASHINGTON • China has denounced the planned US$8 billion (S$11 billion) sale of F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan, one of the biggest yet by the United States to the self-ruled island, which Beijing considers a renegade province.

China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying said Beijing had made solemn representations to the US over the planned sale.

China's state-run Xinhua news agency quoted Ms Hua as saying that it was a serious violation of the "one China" principle, under which Washington recognises Beijing and not Taipei, and undermined China's sovereignty and security interests.    [FULL  STORY]

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