China Steps Up Criticism of US-Taiwan Arms Sale
By SOF Editor on Mon, 02/01/2010 - 11:37am
China has stepped up its criticism of the latest U.S. arms sale to Taiwan.
The $6.4-billion arms package -- announced Friday -- has already prompted Beijing to suspend military exchanges and security talks with Washington, and threaten sanctions against U.S. companies that sell Taiwan weapons.
Chinese state media Monday strongly criticized the sale. The China Daily said the sale reflects what it called "Washington's arrogance," while the Global Times said the United States should "feel the heat" for continuing arms sales to Taiwan.
Beijing considers Taiwan a renegade province, and has threatened to use force against the island if it tries to declare formal independence.
The United States has no formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan, but provides the island with weapons for defensive purposes. Washington says its policy contributes to stability and security in the region.
The Pentagon says the latest arms sale to Taiwan will include Black Hawk helicopters, Patriot missiles, radar and communications equipment.