China lashed out at Washington and Taipei after the White House announced a £268million ($345million) military aid package for Taiwan.
Beijing claimed “Taiwanese separatists” are turning the self-governed territory, which China considers its own territory, into a “powder keg”.
Chen Binhua, a spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office, said late on Saturday, hours after the US’s latest show of support for Taipei: “No matter how much of the ordinary people’s taxpayer money the … Taiwanese separatist forces spend, no matter how many US weapons, it will not shake our resolve to solve the Taiwan problem.
“Or shake our firm will to realise the reunification of our motherland.
“Their actions are turning Taiwan into a powder keg and ammunition depot, aggravating the threat of war in the Taiwan Strait.”
Beijing showed its threats aren’t empty as on Sunday Taipei said to have tracked six Chinese navy ships in waters off its shores.
Taiwan’s ruling administration, led by the Democratic Progressive Party, recently stepped up its weapons purchases from the US in a bid to deter a Chinese invasion.
Earlier this year, the US approved nearly £15billion ($19billion) in military sales of F-16 jets and other weapon systems to Taiwan.
The aid announced on Friday has been hailed as historic as it marks the first time in Joe Biden’s White House term Washington will draw on the country’s own stockpiles to send help to Taiwan.
This allows for quicker delivery of munitions and aid as it doesn’t need to rely on production time.
Speaking of the military aid package, two sources described as US officials claimed it includes man-portable air defence systems known as MANPADS, intelligence and surveillance capabilities as well as firearms and missiles.
In line with the One China policy, Washington maintains formal relations with Beijing and unofficial ones with Taipei, in a bid to preserve stability in the Taiwan Strait.
However, the US also reserves the right to send military aid to Taipei to make an invasion of Taiwan too difficult and costly to be backed by China.
So far, China has performed threatening manoeuvres in the Strait and verbally condemned exchanges between the US and Taiwan’s militaries – described by Beijing’s Defence Ministry in May as an “extremely wrong and dangerous move”.
China and Taiwan split in 1949 amid a civil war.
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