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US Plans to Sell Destroyers to Taiwan Despite Chinese Protest

© AFP 2021 / US NAVYGuided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) crosses the Atlantic Ocean
Guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) crosses the Atlantic Ocean - Sputnik International
China has voiced its opposition to US plans to sell Taiwan two missile destroyers and urged the US to stop arms supplies to the island, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei said on Tuesday.

“China strongly opposes US arms sales to Taiwan. This position is consistent and clear,” he said at a briefing on Hong Lei, commenting on the relevant reports.

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He stressed that the supply of arms to Taiwan is part of Washington’s interference in Chinese internal affairs, and it would obstruct the peaceful development of relations between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait, as well as damage US-China relations.

“We urge the US to adhere to their commitments and to stop supplying arms to Taiwan,” the representative of the Foreign Ministry of China said.

Earlier, Reuters reported, citing sources in the US Congress that the Obama administration could in this week approve the sale of two-missile frigates to Taiwan, “despite the objections of China.” If the deal goes through, the sale of the missile frigates to Taiwan will be the first in four years, during which the United States did not sell any arms to Taiwan.

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