China warns against US arms sale to Taiwan

October 5th, 2008 - 4:24 am ICT by IANS  

Beijing, Oct 5 (Xinhua) China Saturday criticised the US government’s decision to sell arms, including Patriot III anti-missile system, Apache helicopters and other equipments worth $6.5 billion, to Taiwan.The Chinese government firmly opposes this action, which seriously damaged China’s interests and the Sino-US relations, foreign ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said.

Despite China’s repeated opposition to the move, the US government Friday notified the Congress about its plan to sell arms to Taiwan.

Vice Foreign Minister He Yafei has summoned the charge d’affaires of the US Embassy to China to raise strong protest against the US move, Liu said.

The arms sale to Taiwan violated the principles set in the three joint communiques between China and the US, the spokesman said, adding that it mainly violated the Aug 17, 1982 pact.

The US decision also endangered the Chinese national security and disturbed the peaceful cross-Strait relations, he said.

“We firmly warn the US that there is only one China in the world and that Taiwan is a part of China,” Liu said.

He said China has urged the US to recognise that it is destructive to sell arms to Taiwan, noting that the US should honour its commitment to stick to one-China policy.

Liu said the US government should immediately take actions to correct its mistakes, cancel the proposed arms sale and stop military links with Taiwan.

China reserved the right for taking further measures, he noted.

The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s top legislature, and the National Committee of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), the country’s top advisory body, Saturday condemned the US arms sale plan.

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