‘This is a heinous provocation! Following a $750 million arms transfer between the United States and Taiwan, Beijing has issued a strong war warning.
A $750 million (£540 million) arms deal to Taiwan has been denounced by Beijing as a “vicious provocation.”
The current arms transfer between the United States and Taiwan comprises 40 self-propelled artillery units. According to China’s foreign ministry, the US is “creating substantial damage to China-US relations.” By “sending the incorrect signal to Taiwanese independence forces,” the US has harmed relations.
The new sale, according to an article in The Global Times, is part of “a US strategy to create trouble for China in the Indo-Pacific.” The editorial continued, “China will resolutely take legitimate and necessary counter-measures.” The US deal is part of their plan to contain what the US sees as Chinese expansionism.
The United States has a long history of delivering armaments to Taiwan under the terms of the Taiwan Relations Act, which has been in place for decades.
According to a State Department spokesperson, President Biden despatched an unofficial mission to Taiwan in April to show support for the island.
This action emphasizes the escalating tensions between China and the United States.
“The guidance underscores Taiwan is a vibrant democracy and an important security and economic partner that is also a force for good in the international community,” said State Department spokesman Ned Price. At the Aspen Security Forum, Admiral John Aquilino, the current commander of the US Indo-Pacific Command, spoke about China’s influence in Hong Kong and Taiwan.
“Our engagements with Taiwan aim to assure that they can defend themselves,” he said.
“That policy is clear, and that is why we are here,” Biden said. Biden also signed a memorandum this week protecting Hong Kong residents in the United States from deportation for at least 18 months.
The move was justified by the US president, who cited Hong Kong’s “significant loss” of rights and freedoms.
Last year, the Chinese government passed a national security bill, which triggered widespread protests in Hong Kong.
The remarks come as the PLA plans a naval exercise in the South China Sea.
“These exercises have already become routine near Chinese waterways, with the goal of honing the PLA’s skills to fight and win battles under realistic combat scenarios,” military expert Song Zhongping told The Global Times.
He reportedly continued, “Holding military exercises in China is like preparing a hunting gun and striking back at the wolves.”