In confirmed reports, it is stated that the U.S. State Department has approved the possible sale to Taiwan of M1A2T Abrams tanks, Stinger missiles and related equipment at an estimated value of $2.2 billion. This was communicated to the media by the Pentagon. This deal has come through despite Chinese criticism of the deal.
The Pentagon has further communicated that this deal that includes 108 General Dynamics Corp M1A2T Abrams tanks and 250 Stinger missiles would not alter the basic military balance in the region.
There is no surprise that China is very irritated with this decision from the US. It has brought the latter’s notice to the fact that they are still in the midst of trade war which has not found a solution.
Speaking in Beijing recently, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang has reportedly said that the “U.S. arms sales to Taiwan was a serious violation of international law and a crude interference in China’s internal affairs, harming China’s sovereignty and security interests.”
“China is strongly dissatisfied and firmly opposed to this and has already made stern representations to the US side,” Geng expressed his dissatisfaction to the media.
China has urged United States to immediately revoke the planned arms sale and end all contacts between the U.S. and Taiwan militaries.