China protests USA approval of arms sales to Taiwan

But Taiwan’s defense ministry said in the statement it would talk with USA officials “as soon as possible” to work out prices, quantities of weapons and timelines for receiving them.”We stress that nobody could sway our determination to uphold our territorial integrity and sovereignty”, Lu said at a regular daily briefing.The United States has planned to sell Taiwan $1.42 billion in arms, the first such sale under the administration of Donald Trump and a move sure to anger China, whose help the president has been seeking to rein in North Korea.Lai, whose think tank is closely aligned with the governing Democratic Progressive Party, said the deal reflected the stable relations between Taiwan and the US but should not be seen as representing an upgrade of the relationship because it was based on Taiwan’s needs. Taiwan’s defense department said the sale would enhance the island’s self-defense capability.”Taiwan is an indispensable part of China’s territory and we firmly oppose this arms sale to Taiwan”, Lu said. It insists on eventual reunification, through force if necessary.U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters the administration had told Congress of the seven proposed sales on Thursday.US President Donald Trump hosted China’s Xi Jinping at his Mar-a-Lago resort in April. Her ruling Democratic Progressive Party says it wants stable relations with Beijing, but hasn’t followed her predecessor, Ma Ying-jeou, in endorsing the “one-China” principle. “The best way to stop battle is to always be well prepared for battle”.”Peace should not be taken for granted, and the nation’s defense should not be overlooked because of the peaceful situation”, Tsai said.Under the Taiwan Relations Act the United States is legally required to provide Taiwan with the ability to defend itself. China also said that the sale of arms to Taiwan would send the wrong signals to Taiwan’s independence forces and it could disturb peace in the region. Shi Yinhong, who heads the Centre for American Studies at Beijing’s Renmin University and has advised the government on diplomacy, said it was important people are realistic about the challenges China and the United States face.Trump had recently tweeted thanking China for having “tried” to restrain North Korea, but that it was not enough.”The U.S. selling weapons to Taiwan is routine”, said Shen. “Now people are saying ‘hey look, the USA government still supports us'”.”China is now in a position where it must defend a bank the United States said is a money laundering concern”.The State Department said the arms sale to Taiwan was approved under a long-standing US policy to help the self-governing island’s self-defense. They discussed a controversial US missile defense system that has been set up in South Korea to guard against missile threats from the North. The defense ministry plans to start discussions “as soon as possible” about quantities, prices and delivery times, it said in a statement.The sale, which requires congressional approval, would be the first since a $1.83 billion sale that former President Barack Obama announced in December 2015, to China’s dismay. “That amply shows Taiwan’s security is a priority”.