News ID: 276346
Published: 0335 GMT November 04, 2020

China says US sends out wrong signals to Taiwan on potential drone sale deal

China says US sends out wrong signals to Taiwan on potential drone sale deal

China’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday the US has sent out wrong and grave signals to the so-called Taiwan military forces on the potential drone sale deal.

China will take legitimate and necessary responses in light of the changing circumstances, Wang Wenbin, the spokesman of the ministry told a regular briefing in Beijing, Reuters reported.

The US State Department cleared the potential sale of four MQ-9 SeaGuardian drones – worth $600 million – to Taiwan in a formal notification sent to Congress, the Pentagon said on Tuesday, according to Press TV.

The move is another attempt to boost the self-ruled island against mainland China.

The notification gives Congress 30 days to object to the deal.

The proposed sale will help improve the security of the recipient and assist in maintaining political stability, military balance, and economic progress in the region,” the US State Department claimed.

The deal, if approved by Congress, would be the first such sale since US policy on the export of sophisticated drone technology was loosened by the administration of President Donald Trump.

The four US-made drones would come with ground stations, spares and training.

China has sovereignty over self-ruled Taiwan. Under the One China policy”, almost all world countries – including the US – recognize that sovereignty.

But the US has been courting Taiwan in an attempt to unnerve Beijing. Washington almost regularly makes provocative moves around the self-governed island, particularly by sailing its warships through the sensitive and strategic Taiwan Strait, which separates Taiwan from mainland China.

Washington is also the islands largest weapons supplier and an avid backer of Taiwans secessionist president, Tsai Ing-wen.

The US has been approving a host of arms sales to Taiwan in recent weeks.

Tensions between the US and China remain at their highest point in decades, with sharp divisions over a host of political and economic issues, including Hong Kong and the coronavirus pandemic.




Resource: Reuters
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