China urged the United States to “immediately cancel” a $ 2.2 billion arms sale to Taiwan (an island claimed by Beijing) that received the US Department of State’s approval the day before.
The notification of this sale, which includes 108 battle tanks and 250 ground-to-air missile launchers, was made in the US Congress. The latter has 30 days to object, an assumption that seems unlikely. This is not the first time the United States has allowed a sale of arms to Taiwan. But these each time provoke the wrath of China.
“China urges the United States to immediately cancel this arms sale project in Taiwan and to stop any military ties between Taiwan and the United States,” said Geng Shuang, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry. . “We should avoid further undermining Sino-US relations, peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait,” he said at a regular press conference.