Bei­jing strongly op­poses lat­est US arms sales to Tai­wan

China Daily (Canada) - - TOP NEWS - By ZHANG YANGFEI zhangyangfei@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

Bei­jing strongly op­poses United States’ arms sales to Tai­wan un­der any pre­text, An Feng­shan, a spokesman for the Tai­wan Af­fairs Of­fice of the State Coun­cil, said on Wed­nes­day.

“We res­o­lutely op­pose any form of of­fi­cial ex­changes and mil­i­tary con­tacts be­tween the Tai­wan re­gion and the US. Any act of re­ly­ing on for­eign forces for self-el­e­va­tion or sab­o­tag­ing the peace and sta­bil­ity across the Tai­wan Straits is sure to reap bad con­se­quences,” he said at a news con­fer­ence in Bei­jing.

On Tues­day, the US State De­part­ment ap­proved the sale of mil­i­tary spare parts worth $330 mil­lion to Tai­wan, in­clud­ing those for F-16 fighters, C-130 cargo planes and other air­craft, the Pen­tagon's De­fense Se­cu­rity Co­op­er­a­tion Agency said in a state­ment.

Tang Yonghong, deputy di­rec­tor of the Tai­wan Re­search Cen­ter at Xi­a­men Univer­sity in Fu­jian prov­ince, said the sale was no larger than re­cent trans­ac­tions, but it hap­pened dur­ing a time of ten­sions be­tween Bei­jing and Wash­ing­ton.

“Dur­ing such con­fronta­tion, the US will use var­i­ous bar­gain­ing chips in­clud­ing us­ing Tai­wan,” he said, adding that Tai­wan au­thor­i­ties also wish to take ad­van­tage of US power to op­pose Bei­jing.

“So the sale is just an ex­cuse for Tai­wan and the US to use each other so that the US can reach the strate­gic goal of sup­press­ing China by play­ing the Tai­wan card,” he said.

Tang said the sale is likely to in­ten­sify the con­fronta­tional sta­tus across the Straits and not help main­tain the peace and sta­bil­ity of bi­lat­eral re­la­tions.

Bei­jing has strongly protested the sale and urged Wash­ing­ton to im­me­di­ately with­draw the deal and cease mil­i­tary con­tacts with Tai­wan to avoid more dam­age to Sino-US re­la­tions and sta­bil­ity across the Straits.

For­eign Min­istry spokesman Geng Shuang said on Tues­day that the arms sales se­verely con­tra­vene in­ter­na­tional law and ba­sic norms gov­ern­ing in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions, and se­verely vi­o­late the one-China prin­ci­ple and the prin­ci­ples of the three Chi­naUS joint com­mu­niques.

He also added that China has lodged “stern rep­re­sen­ta­tions” with the US.

The Min­istry of Na­tional De­fense said in a state­ment on Tues­day that the Chi­nese mil­i­tary is strongly dis­sat­is­fied and de­mands the US im­me­di­ately can­cel the deal and stop mil­i­tary ex­changes with Tai­wan.

“The arms sales to Tai­wan have se­ri­ously vi­o­lated the oneChina pol­icy, in­ter­fere with the coun­try’s do­mes­tic af­fairs and harm Chi­nese sovereignty and se­cu­rity in­ter­ests, as well as Sino-US re­la­tions,” it said.

An Feng­shan also urged Tai­wan on Wed­nes­day to im­me­di­ately stop any in­fil­tra­tion ac­tiv­i­ties that dam­age na­tional se­cu­rity, and to bet­ter pro­tect main­land stu­dents.

An made the re­marks in re­sponse to news of sev­eral es­pi­onage cases in which some main­land stu­dents were in­cited to pro­vide con­fi­den­tial in­for­ma­tion to Tai­wan’s spy net­work.

He said the se­cu­rity au­thor­i­ties cracked down on such cases in ac­cor­dance with the law and in an aim to main­tain na­tional se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity of re­la­tions across the Straits, as well as safe­guard the le­git­i­mate rights and in­ter­ests of com­pa­tri­ots on both sides.

Tai­wan au­thor­i­ties have evaded the facts, con­fused right and wrong, and put the blame on the Chi­nese main­land, An said, adding that “the facts will speak stronger than words”.

“The Chi­nese main­land has al­ways en­cour­aged more youth ex­changes across the Straits, but Tai­wan’s in­tel­li­gence agen­cies have put their dirty hands on young in­no­cent main­land stu­dents in a de­spi­ca­ble way. Their ac­tions have se­verely dam­aged the stu­dents’ in­ter­ests as well as the ed­u­ca­tional ex­changes,” he said.

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