China has issued a new warning to the United States as it reportedly greenlit a new arms sale to Taiwan, a self-ruling island state backed by Washington and claimed by Beijing, and offered support for protesters in the semi-autonomous city of Hong Kong. Amid reports Friday that President Donald Trump approved an $8 billion sale of F-16V fighter jets to Taiwan, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying argued that such moves “severely violate” the one-China policy—through which Washington only officially recognizes Beijing over Taipei. She also criticized three joint communiqués that bolstered bilateral ties and saw the U.S. promise to decrease military support for Taiwan. Hua warned the latest actions “constitute interference in China’s internal affairs and undermine China’s sovereignty and core interests.” “China firmly opposes this and has lodged stern representations with the US,” Hua told reporters. “It must be stressed that the Taiwan issue concerns China’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and security interests.” “China urges the U.S. to fully recognize the highly sensitive and harmful nature of the relevant issue, abide by the one-China principle and the three China-U.S. joint communiqués, refrain from selling F-16V fighter jets to Taiwan and stop arms sales to and military contact with Taiwan,”… Read full this story
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