China urged the U.S. not to continue its arms sales plans to Taiwan, with an estimated total value of $95 million.
On April 6, at a regular press briefing, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Zhao Lijian said, “The U.S. arms sales to the Taiwan region of China seriously violate the one-China principle and the stipulations of the three China-U.S. joint communique, especially the August 17 Communique. He added the arms sale would “gravely undermine China’s sovereignty and security interests, and severely harm China-U.S. relations and peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.”
Zhao continued, “The U.S. should abide by the one-China principle and the stipulations of the three China-U.S. joint communique, revoke the arms sales plan and stop arms sales to and military ties with Taiwan.”
Zhao said China strongly opposed the U.S. move, adding that China would take firm and effective measures to defend its sovereignty and security interests.
On April 5, the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency said the State Department had approved the possible sale of technical assistance support of the Patriot Air Defense System and related equipment totaling $95 million to Taiwan.
The published press release reads, “The proposed sale will help to sustain the recipient’s missile density and ensure readiness for air operations. The recipient will use this capability as a deterrent to regional threats and to strengthen homeland defense.”
In response, Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry said, “This is the third arms sale made by the Biden administration and the second announcement of arms sales this year, which demonstrates the U.S. government’s high regard for Taiwan’s national defense requirements.”
It added, “In the face of China’s continuing military expansion and provocative actions, Taiwan must show its strong determination to defend itself. To safeguard national security, the government will continue to strengthen Taiwan’s self-defense and asymmetrical capabilities.”