Statement of the Spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy
on the U.S. Arms Sales to Taiwan
2017/06/30

 

China is firmly opposed to the U.S. arms sale to Taiwan. China's stance is clear and firm. The U.S. nevertheless made the wrong decision to sale arms to Taiwan in disregard of China's strong representations. It seriously violates the principles of the three Joint Communiqués between China and the U.S., in particular, the August 17, 1982 U.S.-China Communiqué on Arms Sales to Taiwan, grossly interferes China's domestic affairs, jeopardizes China's sovereign and security interest and undermines China's efforts to realize national unification. The Chinese government and Chinese people have every right to be outraged. The Chinese side has lodged serious representation to the U.S. side, and reserves every right to take further action.

The wrong move of the U.S. side runs counter to the consensus reached by the two presidents in Mar-a-Lago and the positive development momentum of the China-U.S. relationship. It will harm the mutual trust and cooperation between China and the U.S.. We urge the U.S. to immediately revoke the wrong decision and stop the arms sale to Taiwan.

The Democratic Progressive Party authorities refused to recognize the 1992 Consensus and the core principle that the two sides of the Taiwan Straits belongs to one China, and take "dechinalize" measures in Taiwan. The arms sale by the U.S. sends a very wrong signal to the "Taiwan independence" forces and harms the cross-Straits peace and stability. The U.S. has repeatedly said that it has profound interest in maintaining peace and stability across the Straits. However, its deeds contradicted its words.

Taiwan is a part of China. One China principle is a norm widely recognized by the international community. Realizing national unification at an early date is a common wish of the Chinese people, including Taiwan compatriots. It is the aspiration of the people and the general trend that will not be stopped by arms sale to Taiwan by some countries. We are confident and capable to contain the separatist activities of the "Taiwan independence" forces and defend our sovereignty and territorial integrity. We will never allow anyone to separate Taiwan from the country.

 

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