China will respond with countermeasures if the United States does not cancel its approval of arms sales to Taiwan, a spokesman for the Chinese embassy in Washington said.
According to the representative of the diplomatic mission, the possible sale “seriously threatens” American-Chinese relations.
“China will take the necessary vigorous and legitimate countermeasures in view of the development of the situation,” he said.
Taiwan’s Ministry of Defense earlier expressed gratitude to the US for the $1.1 billion deal with the Biden government for the island democracy’s purchase of air-to-air and air-to-water missiles, DPA reports.
A ministry spokesman announced this morning that the Biden administration had notified the US Congress in advance of the proposed sale under the Taiwan Relations Act.
The deal includes a $655 million logistics support package for an air defense radar system, 60 AGM-84L Harpoon anti-ship missiles and 100 AIM-9X Sidewinder air-to-air missiles, Taiwan’s Central Command said today news agency.
The spokesman expressed gratitude on behalf of the government in Taipei for the sale, which is expected to boost Taiwan’s air and water defense capabilities vis-à-vis China and the military’s early warning capabilities.