Print Edition - 2018-09-26 | World News Digest
US irks China with proposed sale of military parts to Taiwan
Sep 26, 2018-
China expressed “strong dissatisfaction” on Tuesday over US plans to sell a batch of military parts to the self-governing island of Taiwan, adding to tensions between the global superpowers. The $330 million contract would see the US ship standard spare parts for several aircraft including the F-16 fighter and the C-130 cargo plane, the State Department said in a statement on Monday. China lashed out at the deal, saying it “severely violates” international laws and norms governing foreign relations, and expressed “strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition” to the sales. Beijing sees Taiwan as part of its territory awaiting unification, and is deeply suspicious of the island’s relations with the US. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a regular press briefing that Beijing has lodged “solemn representations” with the United States.
Published: 26-09-2018 09:28