China protests to United States over planned arms sale to Taiwan

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China protests to United States over planned arms sale to Taiwan

Taiwan on Tuesday thanked the United States for approving the sale of a new arms package that will replenish the supply of spare parts for a number of Taiwan's military aircraft, including its F-16s, to beef up its defense capabilities.

The Pentagon defended the sale, saying the sale will help "contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security and defensive capability of the recipient".

Taiwan on Tuesday welcomed the U.S. announcement, saying it would help the island strengthen its defence capabilities.

China opposes all USA military sales to Taiwan, which China claims it's territory, The recent military sale approval is an irritant in the relations between the world's two largest superpowers.

"Joint Communiques, immediately revoke arms sales to Taiwan, and stop military contact with Taiwan including arms sales, so as not to further damage the China-U.S. ties, relations between the two militaries, as well as peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait".

Taiwan split with the mainland in 1949, but China claims it as part of its territory and has threatened to invade if necessary to reunite Taiwan with the mainland.

The Trump administration says it has approved the sale to Taiwan of $330 million in spare parts and related support for Taiwan's F-16 fighters and other military aircraft. It had previously warned Washington against selling weapons to Taiwan and establishing military relations with the island, and remains locked in a trade war with the US.

The sale violated global law and the "basic norms governing worldwide relations", Geng said without elaborating. A spokesperson for the presidential office of Taiwan said, it would boost confidence in the face of "severe" security challenges. The tariffs amount to some $250 billion in China's United States exports.

A spokesperson for the presidential office of Taiwan said, it would boost confidence in the face of "severe" security challenges, adding "We greatly appreciate that the USA government takes note of the national security of Taiwan".

The approval of the sale comes amid heightened tensions between China and the U.S. over a range of issues.

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