Chinese Embassy Spokesman's Response to a Question by Reuters regarding China's Opposition to U.S. Arms Sales to Taiwan
2010/06/17

Question:

On June 16, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee held a hearing on President Obama's fiscal 2011 budget request for the Department of Defense, at which Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein called the U.S. arms sales to Taiwan "a substantial irritant" in relations between Washington and Beijing. She asked the attending U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates what substantial steps China would have to take to get the Pentagon to reconsider future arms sales to Taiwan. The defense secretary defended the arms sales, saying it was up to Congress and the White House to decide whether to change the way arms are sold to Taiwan. What's your comment on that?

Comments:

Taiwan is an inalienable part of China's territory. China's deployment of defensive forces within its own borders is for safeguarding its territorial integrity and defending its national security interests, which is the inherent rights China enjoys as a sovereign country. As to the redeployment, it depends on how the situations are evolving.

China urges the U.S. Government to strictly adhere to the serious commitments it has made in the three Sino-U.S. Joint Communiques, particularly those in the August 17 Communique, stop arms sales to Taiwan, take concrete steps to support the peaceful advancement of cross straits relations and ensure sound and steady develpment of China-U.S. relationship.

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