Soldiers carry a surface-to-air missile named "Tien-Chien", or "Sky Sword" in Mandarin, onto a launcher during a military exercise at an air force base in Chiayi, southern Taiwan. Nicky Loh, Reuters
AFP: China warns US over arms sales to Taiwan
China on Monday reiterated its firm opposition to US arm sales to Taiwan, amid reports that Donald Trump's administration is preparing a large shipment of advanced weaponry for the self-ruling island.
"China firmly opposes US arms sales to Taiwan, this is consistent and clear-cut," foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a regular press briefing.
"We hope the US side fully recognises the high sensitivity and serious harmfulness of its sales to Taiwan."
She called on Washington to abide by the One-China policy and "cease Taiwan arm sales" in order to preserve Sino-US relations and peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.
The comments, which came one day after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ended a visit to Beijing, followed reports in US media that Trump's government was preparing a large-scale arms package for Taiwan.
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