China condemns U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, demands reversal of decision: Foreign Ministry

China strongly condemns U.S. arms sales to Taiwan and urges Washington to revoke its decision, warning of severe consequences for Sino-U.S. relations and regional stability. Beijing insists on adherence to the One-China principle to maintain peace.

China has voiced strong condemnation and resolute opposition to the recent decision by the United States to proceed with arms sales to Taiwan. In a statement on Thursday, a spokesperson for China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs urged the U.S. to revoke its decision, emphasizing that such actions threaten to destabilize the region and severely undermine the diplomatic relations between the two nations.

The U.S. arms sales to Taiwan have been a contentious issue for many years, with China consistently maintaining that such transactions are a violation of the One-China principle, a cornerstone of Sino-U.S. relations. This principle recognizes that there is only one China and that Taiwan is an inseparable part of it. The latest arms deal, reportedly worth billions of dollars and including advanced military equipment, has sparked a new wave of criticism from Beijing.

The Foreign Ministry spokesperson described the U.S. move as a “serious violation” of international law and the principles of the three Sino-U.S. Joint Communiqués, which have been the foundation of diplomatic relations between China and the United States since the normalization of ties in 1979. The spokesperson stressed that such actions severely interfere with China’s internal affairs, undermine China’s sovereignty and security interests, and endanger peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.

China’s strong reaction reflects its broader concerns about the implications of U.S. arms sales for regional security and the international order. Beijing views these sales not merely as a bilateral issue between the U.S. and Taiwan but as a challenge to its national sovereignty and a potential catalyst for increased tensions in East Asia.

The Foreign Ministry statement emphasized that Taiwan is an inseparable part of China and reaffirmed that the Taiwan issue is purely a domestic affair. The spokesperson urged the U.S. to strictly adhere to the One-China principle and the terms of the Joint Communiqués, which recognize the People’s Republic of China as the sole legitimate government of China and acknowledge Taiwan as a part of China.

Beijing’s response to the arms sales has included warnings of potential countermeasures. These could involve diplomatic protests, economic sanctions, or military posturing to signal its strong disapproval and to deter further arms deals. In the past, China has imposed sanctions on U.S. companies involved in arms sales to Taiwan and has conducted military exercises near the Taiwan Strait as a show of strength.