Published: 17:47, February 22, 2024 | Updated: 21:15, February 22, 2024
China urges US to stop arms sales to Taiwan
By Xinhua

This July 21, 2019 photo taken from the Xiangshan Mountain shows the Taipei 101 skyscraper in Taipei, southeast China's Taiwan. (PHOTO / XINHUA)

BEIJING - A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson on Thursday urged the United States to stop arms sales to and military contact with Taiwan.

According to reports, the US Department of Defense said in a statement that the US State Department has approved the sale of a $75-million advanced tactical data link system to Taiwan.

In response, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Mao Ning told a press briefing that the US arms sales to China's Taiwan region seriously violate the one-China principle and the stipulations of the three China-US joint communiques, particularly the August 17 Communique of 1982.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said China urges the United States to abide by the one-China principle and the three China-US joint communiques

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"Such sales undermine China's sovereignty and security interests, and harm China-US relations and peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait," Mao said, noting that China firmly opposes this.

Mao said China urges the United States to abide by the one-China principle and the three China-US joint communiques, stop arms sales to and military contact with Taiwan, and stop creating factors that could heighten tensions in the Taiwan Strait.

"China will take resolute and strong measures to safeguard its sovereignty and territorial integrity," the spokesperson added.