Taiwan condemns China over threat to sanction U.S. arms dealer

Focus Taiwan
Date: 07/14/2020
By: Chen Yun-yu and Joseph Yeh

A Patriot Surface-to-Air missile is fired. CNA file photo

Taipei, July 14 (CNA) Taiwan's foreign ministry on Tuesday condemned China after Beijing earlier in the day threatened to impose sanctions on a U.S. company over its involvement in selling weapons to the country.

Ministry spokeswoman Joanne Ou (歐江安) condemned China over its threat to sanction Lockheed Martin, the primary contractor in an arms sale package to upgrade Taipei's Patriot Surface-to-Air missiles, approved by Washington last week.

Ou said China's aggressive moves in sending warplanes and warships to operate near Taiwan in recent months have destabilized regional peace and security, pose a serious threat to the security of Taiwan and concern nearby countries.

It is only because of the growing threat from China that Taiwan has to purchase weapon systems to boost its self-defense capability, Ou said.    [FULL  STORY]

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