Skip to content

Xinhua Criticized U.S. Arms Sale to Taiwan

Xinhua recently published a commentary criticizing the U.S. arms sale to Taiwan, saying it “concerns China’s core interests and the Sino-U.S. relationship, and will result in serious damage.”

“The brunt of the damage has been to the good momentum of cross-strait peace and development. … The United States arms sale to Taiwan ignores the status quo of cross-strait peaceful relations and departs from this trend. U.S. arms manufacturers may take the opportunity to earn a fortune, but the overall and long-term interests of the Chinese people, including Taiwan compatriots, will be deeply hurt.”
“Sino-US political mutual trust will therefore be severely damaged. Over the years, the United States, ignoring its commitment made in the three Sino-US joint communiqués, especially the August 17 communiqué, time and again has launched arms sales to Taiwan. … Some pro-Taiwan politicians in the U.S. have even made rude gestures and spared no effort to promote upgraded arms sales to Taiwan, trying to strengthen the "Taiwan Relations Act." This does serious damage to Sino-US strategic mutual trust, bringing no good but only harm to the common interests of China and the U.S.”
Source: Xinhua, September 21, 2011