US: $ 1 billion worth of arms in Taiwan.

US: $ 1 billion worth of arms in Taiwan.

Ambassador Liu Pengyu: “The Biden administration stops creating tension on the Taiwan Strait”

Diplomatic tension between China and the United States is increasing.

The Biden administration intends to ask Congress to approve the $ 1.1 billion arms sale to Taiwan. The package includes 60 Harpoon anti-ship missiles, 100 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles and a surveillance radar contract extension.

China’s response was immediate with the words of the spokesman for the Chinese embassy in Washington, Liu Pengyu: “The US must stop selling arms to Taiwan since any military contact with the island violates the ‘one China’ principle”. According to Pengyu, the United States “must stop creating factors that could lead to tensions in the Taiwan Strait and should follow up on the US government’s declaration not to support ‘Taiwan independence'”.

The spokesman also said that Beijing will continue to take firm and strong measures to firmly defend Chinese sovereignty and security interests.

Relations between the United States and China are therefore becoming increasingly tense, after a month of meetings between various American delegations and Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen.

Two days ago, two American warships passed through the 160-kilometer-wide Taiwan Strait. It had been the missile cruisers Uss Antietam and Uss Chancellorsville: officially they traveled “through the waters where the freedoms of navigation and overflight on the high seas apply in accordance with international law”, as it was read in a press release from the US Navy. , where it was specified that “there had been no interference from foreign military forces”.