BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s protection ministry warned on Wednesday that it was prepared for war if there was a move toward Taiwan’s independence, accusing the United States of undermining international stability and denouncing its arms gross sales to the self-ruled island.
FILE PHOTO: A demonstrator holds flags of Taiwan and the United States in assist of Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen throughout an stop-over after her go to to Latin America in Burlingame, California, U.S., January 14, 2017. REUTERS/Stephen Lam/File Photo
This month, the Pentagon stated the U.S. State Department had authorised gross sales of weapons requested by Taiwan, together with tanks and Stinger missiles estimated to be price about $2.2 billion.
China responded by saying it might impose sanctions on U.S. corporations concerned in such a deal.
China would make its biggest effort for peaceable reunification, protection ministry spokesman Wu Qian stated.
“However, we must firmly point out that seeking Taiwan independence is a dead end,” Wu instructed a information briefing on a nationwide protection white paper, the primary in a number of years to stipulate the army’s strategic considerations.
“If there are people who dare to try to split Taiwan from the country, China’s military will be ready to go to war to firmly safeguard national sovereignty, unity, and territorial integrity,” he stated.
The United States is the primary arms provider to Taiwan, which China deems a wayward province. Beijing has by no means renounced the use of drive to convey the island underneath its management.
Washington has no formal ties with democratic Taiwan, however is certain by regulation to assist present it with the means to defend itself.
The Chinese protection doc stated the United States had “provoked intensified competition among major countries, significantly increased its defense expenditure … and undermined global strategic stability.”
China’s protection spending would preserve reasonable and regular progress, nevertheless it was comparatively low, in comparison with different main nations, it added.
“There is still a wide gap between China’s defense expenditure and the requirements for safeguarding national sovereignty, security, and development interests,” it stated.
Reports of a secret pact with Cambodia granting China’s armed forces unique entry to half of the southeast Asian nation’s Ream Naval Base on the Gulf of Thailand weren’t in accordance with the details, Wu added.
“China and Cambodia have in the past carried out positive exchanges and cooperation on military drills, personnel training and logistics,” he stated. “This kind of cooperation does not target any third party.”
Reporting by Michael Martina; Editing by Robert Birsel and Clarence Fernandez
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