Beijing, China – China reacted to the US decision to sell $ 600 million worth of armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UCAV) to Taiwan.
Foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said at a news conference in the capital Beijing that the United States had approved the sale of UCAV to Taiwan.
Wang noted that with sales of UCAV to Taiwan, “the United States is interfering in China’s internal affairs, seriously undermining its sovereignty and security.”
Emphasizing that the United States will provide an “appropriate and necessary response” to this step, Wang noted that such sales should be stopped in order to avoid further damage to Sino-US relations and maintain peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.
In a statement, the US State Department announced that it had approved the sale of 4 UCAV and its equipment to Taiwan, with a total value of $ 600 million.
On the other hand, the US State Department approved the sale of missile and HIMARS rocket systems used in F-16 aircraft worth $ 1.8 billion to Taiwan on October 21, and ammunition and equipment related to the Harpoon coastal defense system worth $ 2 billion 370 million on October 27.
China’s foreign ministry spokesman Cao Licien said on October 22 that his country had urged the US side to abandon planned arms sales and halt military contacts with Taiwan, stressing that China would “respond appropriately” to the developments.
On October 26, spokesman Cao announced that China had decided to take the necessary measures to impose sanctions on American individuals and organizations involved in the sale of weapons to Taiwan.
Taiwanese officials note a recent increase in violations of Chinese aircraft’s airspace.
Taiwan announced on November 1 that aircraft belonging to the Chinese army had violated the Air Defense Identification Zone 31 times since September 16, with 9 violations occurring in the last 8 days.
In the Civil War which followed the Second World War in China led by Mao Zedong, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in 1949 and the bell to announce the establishment of the people’s Republic of China take power Kaysek, led by Chinese Nationalist Party (Kuomintag) members settle in Taiwan in 1912 and established the “Republic of China” asserting that power is continuing on the island declared independence.
Although this initiative was not accepted by China, Taiwan’s representatives had represented China at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly until 1971. After many countries in the 1950s and 1960s changed their preference for diplomatic relations from the Republic of China to the people’s Republic of China, Taiwan’s position in international organizations became uncertain when the Beijing government was recognized as the only legitimate representative of China in a vote at the UN General Assembly in 1971.
By adopting the “One China” principle, the Beijing administration argues that only they represent China in the international community and opposes Taiwan’s future diplomatic relations with the world’s countries, its representation at the UN and other international organizations.
US Government approves drone sale to Taiwan, in arms deal expected to anger China.
The US State Department has cleared the potential sale of four “weapons-ready” aerial drones to Taiwan.
The $US600 million deal would be the first such sale since the US administration loosened US policy on the export of sophisticated and closely guarded drone technology.
The move is likely to infuriate China, which regards Taiwan as a renegade province and has reacted angrily to previous announcements about weapons sales to the island.
The US State Department’s formal notification gives Congress 30 days to object to any sales, which is unlikely given broad bipartisan support for the defence of Taiwan.
“This proposed sale serves US national, economic, and security interests by supporting the recipient’s continuing efforts to modernise its armed forces and to maintain a credible defensive capability,” it said.
“The proposed sale will help improve the security of the recipient and assist in maintaining political stability, military balance, economic and progress in the region.”
It said the sale would improve Taiwan’s defence by bolstering its intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities and could help deter military action against it.
The four MQ-9 SeaGuardian drones, made by Californian company General Atomic Aeronautical System, would come with associated ground stations, spares and training.
While the drones can be armed, they will be outfitted with surveillance equipment.
Just last week, the US Government approved plans for a $USD2.37 billion sale of Harpoon missile systems to Taiwan.
That came hours after Beijing announced sanctions on US defence contractors, including Boeing, the lead contractor on the Harpoon deal, over a previous weapons deal.
In response to the sales, China’s Ministry of National Defence said on October 27: “China strongly urges the US side to immediately withdraw plans of arms sales to Taiwan, cease US-Taiwan military contacts and stop selling weapons to the island.”
China’s ruling Communist Party claims Taiwan, which split with the mainland in 1949 during a civil war, as part of its territory and it has threatened to invade it.
Washington promised in the 1980s to reduce and eventually end weapons sales to Taiwan but insists its dispute with Beijing must be settled peacefully.
Chinese-US relations have plunged to their lowest level in decades amid disputes about security, technology, the coronavirus pandemic and human rights.
Taiwan has long been an irritant in relations. Washington has no formal relations with the island’s democratically elected Government but is its main ally.
US law requires the Government to ensure Taiwan can defend itself. Weapons sales to the island have increased in quantity and quality.