China asked Taiwan to immediately cancel the possible sale of $ 2.2 billion weapons including war tanks and aircraft-piercing missiles from the US. This move of China has raised the tension between the two great powers. The US later responded by removing China's complaints that these tools would be helpful in 'peace and stability' in Asia. It is notable that relations between the United States and China are already tense due to their trade war.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang (in the picture) said in a regular press conference, "America violates the China-China Warranty of China war crimes and is widely interfered in internal affairs of China. And weaken China's sovereignty and security interests. '
Geng said that China has already filed formal complaints by diplomatic channels expressing 'gross discontent and strong opposition' for this move. He said, "China urges America to immediately stop the proposed sale of arms to Taiwan and to end military relations with it to protect China-US relations from harm." According to the US Defense Security Assistance Agency (DSCA), this deal includes 108 M1A2 T Abram Tank, 250 'Stinger Portable Anti-Aircraft Missile' and related equipment.
Meanwhile, the Taiwanese Foreign Ministry said in a statement, "Taiwan is standing in the border of China's ambitious propaganda and is facing heavy threats and pressure from it." The Ministry said, "This M1A2 tank and this sale of various missiles will help a lot in enhancing our protective capabilities."
Lieutenant General Yang Hei-Ming of the Taiwanese Army told reporters, "The M1A2 tank is quite reliable and due to our maneuvers, our land will become an essential part of defense." He said, "With the arrival of M1A2 tanks in place of our old tanks, our defense capacity will increase rapidly and effectively."
The US State Department responded by saying that this deal will not change America's attitude towards the Chinese government. Ministry spokesman Morgan Ortagas told reporters, "Our interest in Taiwan, especially the purpose of these military sales, is to promote peace and stability throughout the region." "There is no change in our long term China policy," he said.
It is noteworthy that since the end of the civil war in 1949, Taiwan has been separated from China and has been self-governing, but China has considered it a part of its territory.