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The US state Department has approved the sale to Taiwan of weapons as tanks and anti-aircraft missiles for $ 2.2 billion, despite criticism of China. This was announced by the Pentagon, Reuters reports.
The Agency for cooperation in the field of defence and security noted that about a possible sale on 8 July notified the U.S. Congress. The Department believes that the sale is requested by the Taiwan weapons will not change the balance of power in the region. The island plans to buy including M1A2 Abrams tanks and man portable air defence systems (MANPADS) Stinger.
The Taiwan authorities have already expressed their sincere gratitude to the American government for supporting the sale of weapons. Press Secretary of the President of Taiwan said the island will increase investment in the defense and will continue to deepen cooperation in the field of security with the United States.
At the same time, the Chinese foreign Ministry representative Geng Shuang said that the sale of arms to Taiwan is a serious violation of international law. In Beijing I consider such actions a “gross interference in China’s internal Affairs, which is detrimental to the sovereignty and security interests” of the country. Geng stressed that Taiwan is an inseparable part of China, and the authorities have already expressed to Washington its displeasure.
Foreign Ministry spokesman also urged the United States to immediately cancel the planned transaction and to cease all contact with Taiwan in the defense sector, to avoid further damage to Sino-us relations and peace and stability in the region.
Reuters notes that the American side has chosen a very sensitive time for such decisions against the background of a trade war the US and China.
In June it was reported that Taiwan plans to buy 108 M1A2 Abrams tanks, 409 anti-tank missile system (ATGM) and 1240 Javelin anti-tank guided TOW missiles, and MANPADS Stinger 250. Then China also protested.
The Republic of China on Taiwan is actually a separate state, which China considers its province. Separation occurred in 1949 after the civil war. Since then, relations between China and Taiwan, which until 1971 was represented China in the UN, constantly tense.
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