China condemns U.S. over latest arms sale to Taiwan, citing regional stability concerns

China has lodged stern representations with the United States regarding its latest arms sale plan to Taiwan, warning that such actions could destabilize the region and damage bilateral relations, a defence spokesperson stated on Friday.

China has expressed strong disapproval and lodged stern representations with the United States over its recent approval of an arms sale to Taiwan. According to a statement made by a Chinese defence spokesperson on Friday, this move by the U.S. is seen as a significant threat to regional stability and a direct challenge to China’s sovereignty claims over Taiwan.

The Chinese Ministry of National Defense has voiced serious concerns about the implications of the arms sale, which includes advanced weaponry and military support systems. The spokesperson emphasized that the deal undermines China’s efforts to maintain peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, and could potentially embolden separatist forces in Taiwan. China has consistently regarded Taiwan as a breakaway province and has vowed to reunify it with the mainland, by force if necessary.

In response to the arms sale, China has reiterated its stance that such actions by the United States violate the one-China principle and the three Sino-U.S. joint communiqués, which form the foundation of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The defence spokesperson highlighted that the arms deal not only infringes on China’s sovereignty but also poses a severe threat to peace and security in the Asia-Pacific region.

The United States, on the other hand, justifies the arms sale as a means of supporting Taiwan’s self-defence capabilities in light of increasing military pressure from China. The U.S. has a longstanding policy of providing Taiwan with the necessary defensive arms to deter potential aggression from Beijing. This policy is seen by the U.S. as essential for maintaining a balance of power in the region and ensuring that Taiwan can defend itself against any military threats.

China’s stern representations also include a warning that continued U.S. arms sales to Taiwan could lead to further deterioration of Sino-U.S. relations, which are already strained over a range of issues, including trade disputes, human rights concerns, and military activities in the South China Sea. The Chinese defence spokesperson urged the United States to cancel the arms sale plan immediately and to refrain from engaging in any further actions that could escalate tensions in the region.