China Threatens U.S. Over Taiwan Visit: ‘Stones May Become Torpedoes’

The trip by Undersecretary of State Keith Krach reportedly to discuss new weapons sales comes amid heightened tensions between Taiwan and the much larger military on the mainland.

U.S. News & World Report
Date: Sept. 17, 2020
By: Paul D. Shinkman, Senior Writer, National Security

Undersecretary of State Keith Krach exits a plane upon arrival at the air force base airport on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Taipei, Taiwan.(CENTRAL NEWS AGENCY POOL/AP)

CHINA ON THURSDAY issued thinly veiled threats against Taiwan and the U.S. ahead of what it considers a provocative visit to Taipei by an American undersecretary of state to discuss new arms sales.

"Once the People's Liberation Army dispatches troops to reunify the island of Taiwan, the military equipment from the U.S. will be nothing but decorations," China's Global Times wrote in an early morning article. It also made references to America's "throwing stones" into the contentious Taiwan Strait, the site of increased militarization in recent months, adding, "once they go too far, the stones may become torpedoes, increasing the uncertainties in the entire region, as well as the risks of drastic changes in the Taiwan Straits."

The news outlet is not considered a direct mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party but is aligned with its views.    [FULL  STORY]

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