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Wednesday, November 04, 2020, 22:47
China firmly opposes planned US drone sale to Taiwan
By Xinhua
Wednesday, November 04, 2020, 22:47 By Xinhua

BEIJING - China on Wednesday voiced firm opposition to the latest plan approved by the US State Department to sell MQ-9B drones to Taiwan, vowing legitimate and necessary reactions to safeguard national sovereignty and security interests.

The potential sale, worth US$600 million, is reportedly the first of such deals after the US administration eased export restrictions on armed drones in July.

The potential sale, worth US$600 million, is reportedly the first of such deals after the US administration eased export restrictions on armed drones in July

In response to a media query at a daily press briefing, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said China's position on the issue of US arms sales to Taiwan is "consistent and clear."

Wang said the US arms sales to the Taiwan region severely violate the one-China principle and the three China-US joint communiques, especially the August 17 Communique, constitute blatant interference in China's internal affairs, seriously undermine China's sovereignty and security interests, send out wrong signals to "Taiwan independence" separatist forces, and gravely undercut China-US relations as well as peace and stability across the Taiwan Straits.

"China firmly opposes such acts," the spokesperson said.

Wang urged the United States to stay committed to the one-China principle and the three China-US joint communiques, stop arms sales to and military ties with the Taiwan region, and immediately cancel its arms sale plan to avoid further damaging China-US relations and cross-strait peace and stability.

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"China will take legitimate and necessary reactions to firmly safeguard national sovereignty and security interests," Wang added.

Meanwhile, Zhu Fenglian, a spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, also voiced firm opposition to US arms sales.

"The US arms sales to Taiwan will only undermine the peace across the Taiwan Strait and send a wrong signal to 'Taiwan independence' forces," said Zhu, adding that the Democratic Progressive Party authority's move of counting on military force to seek "Taiwan independence" will only bring disaster to people on the island.

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