BBC Chinese recently reported that the United States decided on December 16 to sell Taiwan US$1.82 billion in military equipment, including frigates, amphibious assault vehicles, and Man-portable Air-defense Systems (MANPADS). The U.S. based the arms deal on the Taiwan Relations Act. Chinese Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Zheng Zeguang later summoned Li Kaian (Kaye Lee), the charge d’affaires to the U.S. Embassy in China to express China’s position of resolutely opposing the arms sale to Taiwan. Zheng also notified Li that the Chinese government decided to take firm and necessary action to protect China’s interests. China will sanction the U.S. companies that made the weapons sold to Taiwan in this recent deal. Zheng called for a revocation of the U.S. decision. However, the U.S. State Department responded that China can do whatever it thinks is appropriate and that the U.S. decision was based solely on Taiwan’s defensive needs.
Source: BBC Chinese, December 16, 2015