News ID: 276662
Published: 0354 GMT November 11, 2020

China urges US to stop increasing ties with Taiwan

China urges US to stop increasing ties with Taiwan
US Undersecretary for Economic Affairs Keith Krach in seen in this photo arriving at an airport in Taipei, Taiwan, China, on September 17, 2020.

China urged the US on Wednesday to stop boosting ties with Taiwan, after Washington and Taipei announced they would hold economic talks this month that Taiwan’s government described as a “major milestone” in relations.

Speaking at a daily news briefing in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said they opposed any official exchanges between Washington and Taipei, according to Reuters.

China urges the US to stop any kind of official exchanges or contacts with Taiwan and stop elevating substantive relations”, he added.

The remarks were amid a major escalation of tensions with the US over a variety of issues, including recent arms sales to self-ruled Taiwan, Press TV wrote.

The development came just days after the outgoing administration of US President Donald Trump approved the sale of advanced drones to Taiwan, in yet another provocative attempt to boost the self-ruled island against mainland China.

The Pentagon announced last week that the US State Department had cleared the potential sale of four MQ-9 SeaGuardian drones – worth $600 million – to Taiwan in a formal notification to Congress.

Wang had said earlier that Beijing would give legitimate and necessary responses as circumstances further unfolded.

The Trump administration has been approving a host of weapons sales to Taiwan in recent weeks. Washington approved the sale of $2.4 billion worth of arms sales to Taipei on October 25, prompting Beijing to vow to take measures necessary to uphold its sovereignty and security interests.

Beijing further announced at the time that it would impose sanctions on major US weapon makers such as Lockheed Martin, Boeing Defense, and Raytheon that are engaged in the transfer of arms to Taiwan.

China maintains sovereignty over self-ruled Taiwan, and under the “One China” policy, nearly all countries worldwide – including the US – recognize that sovereignty.

Washington, however, has been courting Taiwan in an attempt to irk Beijing. It regularly conducts 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.

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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