China will sanction United States firms providing arms to Taiwan
China will sanction United States firms providing arms to Taiwan
US visit risks Beijing’s fury for President of Taiwan
13 July, 2019, 19:22
Chinasaid late Friday that the arms sales would undermine its sovereignty and national security and that it would impose sanctions on any U.S. enterprises involved in the deal.
Taiwan has defended the proposed purchase of United States dollars 2.2 billion in arms from the usa, following a Chinese announcement that it would sanction any American companies involved in the deal.
"We can't not make these trips, but the question is whether Tsai will do everything in her power to achieve a skillful breakthough", Pang said.
Tsai is spending two days in NY ahead of a visit to diplomatic allies in the Caribbean.
Later Thursday at a reception held in Taiwan's consular offices nearby, Tsai welcomed United Nations ambassadors from the countries, mostly in Latin America and islands in the Pacific Ocean, that recognize Taiwan despite pressure from China.
On Thursday, police in NY had to break up fights between supporters and opponents of Ms Tsai.
"Taiwan will not succumb to intimidation", the Presidential Office said in a statement released as Tsai's visit began, without specifically mentioning China.
Prior to her remarks at Colombia University, Tsai gave a speech at the U.S. -Taiwan Business Summit in NY to talk about trade relations between the two countries, which was also attended by Nasdaq Chairman of the Board Michael Splinter and U.S. -Taiwan Business Council President Rupert Hammond-Chambers.
While its relations with Taiwan are technically unofficial, the United States is required by law to assist Taiwan in its defense and is its main supplier of arms.
It bristles at any countries that might lend Taiwan diplomatic support or legitimacy.
China threatened on Friday to ban United States companies selling arms to Taiwan.
In a January 2 speech titled "Letter to our Taiwan compatriots", Chinese President Xi Jinping said that Taiwan must be "unified" with China, and refused to rule out the use of military force to annex the island.
With the USA now engaged in a trade war with China, relations between Taipei and Washington have warmed considerably.
Unlike the last three American presidents, who were wary of angering Beijing, Mr Donald Trump has ramped up relations with Taiwan.
On Sunday, the U.S. State Department announced the proposed arms sale to Taiwan, including 108 Abrams tanks and 250 Stinger surface-to-air missiles.
Despite protest chants by Chinese groups outside the venue, Tsai gave the 16-minute speech without interruption at a closed-door event at Columbia University, where she also conversed with political science professor Andrew Nathan and took questions from the roughly 100 students in attendance. "All difficulties will only strengthen our determination to go out to the worldwide community".
The tanks represent a significant upgrade to Taiwan's ageing fleet.
It is not the first time that Beijing has threatened sanctions following a planned USA arms sale to Taiwan. Tsai will be visiting St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Haiti on her overseas tour.
China has poached five of Taipei's dwindling number of allies since Tsai became president in 2016.
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