China to US: ‘Stop selling weapons to Taiwan’

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Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying on Monday condemned US over the large sale of new weapons to Taiwan saying it may cause “severe harmfulness.”

In a regular press briefing, Hua said “China‚Äôs position in opposing the arms sale is consistent and clear. We hope that the US can fully recognize the high sensitivity and severe harmfulness of such arms sale… remain committed to the one China policy and the principles of the three China-US joint communique.”

“Stop selling arms to Taiwan, properly handle the Taiwan question with prudence, and preserve China-US relations and peace and stability across the Taiwan Straits,” she added.

The Trump administration is crafting a big new arms package for Taiwan that could include advanced rocket systems and anti-ship missiles to defend against China, US officials said, a deal sure to anger Beijing.

The package is expected to be significantly larger than one that was shelved at the end of the Obama administration, the officials told Reuters on the eve of a visit to Beijing by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Discussions between Taiwan and the new administration already have begun, according to a person in Taipei familiar with the matter. The White House declined comment.

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