China: Beijing slams US arms sales to Taiwan as 'gross interference in China's internal affairs'

Beijing restated its opposition to US arms sales to Taiwan in statements made by a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson in the Chinese capital on Wednesday. «The United States' arms sales to the Taiwan region seriously violate the one-China principle and the three China-US joint communique provisions, especially the 817 communique,» said spokesperson Wang Wengbin. Wang said the sales amounted to «gross interference in China's internal affairs» that «seriously damages China's sovereignty and security interests and sends a wrong signal to Taiwan independence separatist forces.» The «US should immediately withdraw the relevant arms sales to Taiwan, to avoid further damage to China-US relations and peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. China will make a legitimate and necessary response in the light of the development of the situation,» Wang added. He also gave a short statement regarding the US presidential election, saying it was an 'internal affair' stating that «China does not take a position on this issue.» The US State Department announced plans to sell four armed drones to Taiwan on Tuesday in a deal worth $600m (€512m), coming just weeks after the US announced plans to sell missiles and weapons systems in late October.

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