China condemns $1.3 billion U.S. arms sale to Taiwan
June 30, 2017 - 16:54 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - China on Friday, June 30 condemned a $1.3 billion U.S. arms sale to Taiwan and called on the United States to stop any weapons deal with the island, which Beijing considers a rebel province, AFP reports.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a press briefing that Beijing has lodged a formal protest with Washington and urged the U.S. government to "uphold its solemn commitment to the One-China principle".
"Taiwan is an indispensable part of China's territory and we firmly oppose this arms sale to Taiwan," Lu said.
His comments come after China's embassy in the United States slammed the sale, saying it was a "wrong move" that would hurt relations between the two countries.
"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," the embassy said.
"It will harm the mutual trust and cooperation between China and the U.S."
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