Chinese officials have urged the United States to immediately halt its $1.42 billion of planned arms sales to Taiwan.
The comments, which came hours after the State Department announced the proposed sale Thursday, are the latest twist in Washington and Beijing’s complex relationship since President Donald Trump took office.
“The Chinese government and Chinese people have every right to be outraged,” China’s Embassy to the U.S. said in a statement late Thursday, according to Reuters.
China sees self-governing Taiwan as a renegade, breakaway province. The U.S. does not officially recognize it as an independent state but remains its sole arms supplier.
The latest proposed sale comprises seven items, including anti-radiation missiles, torpedoes and components for SM-2 missiles, a U.S. official told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
The Chinese embassy said it was the “wrong decision” and sent a bad message to “Taiwan …
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