UPDATED 7:45 AM PT – Friday, November 6, 2020
China recently pushed back on the U.S. regarding aid given to Taiwan. On Wednesday, China’s foreign ministry spokesperson, Wang Wenbin, spoke out against the potential drone sale deal. This followed the State Department’s Tuesday announcement confirming they cleared a potential sale of U.S. aerial drones to Taiwan.
The weapons sale would anger China even further amid a series of already rising tensions between Washington and Beijing. China has vowed to take Taiwan under control and has urged the U.S. to withdraw the move.
“We urge the U.S. to abide by the One-China principle and the Three Joint Communiqués, terminate arms sales and military contact with Taiwan,” Wenbin stated. “And immediately cancel the plans of arms sales to Taiwan to avoid further harm to bilateral relations and peace and stability across the Taiwan strait.”
The State Department has authorized a $600 million sale of four General Atomics-made MQ-9B SkyGuardian unmanned aerial vehicles to Taiwan under a new government policy that loosens drone export restrictions.https://t.co/T5uCtf0KrI
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Moving forward, China has threatened to take “legitimate and necessary responses in light of the changing developments.”