Trump says U.S. won’t end arms sales to Taiwan: report

The China Post
Date: November 14, 2017
By: Chiang Chin-ye and Y.F. Low

WASHINGTON (CNA) – U.S. President Donald Trump made clear to Beijing last week

U.S. President Donald Trump waves goodbye as he enters Air Force One after participating in the East Asia Summit, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, in Manila, Philippines. Trump finished a five country trip through Asia visiting Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

that Washington will not end arms sales to Taiwan and will continue to furnish it with defensive weapons, a conservative online media outlet in the United States has reported.

Citing a senior White House official who took part in Trump’s meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) in Beijing, the Washington Free Beacon said the Chinese side “obliquely” raised its opposition to U.S. arms sales to Taiwan during talks between the two presidents.

There were no discussions of issuing a fourth U.S.-China communique on Taiwan or talk of a “grand bargain” with China to resolve the Taiwan issue, the official told the Free Beacon.

“The president spoke of our one China policy based on the three communiques and the Taiwan Relations Act, so we’re going to continue providing defensive weapons commensurate with our obligations under the law,” the official was quoted as saying.

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