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China protests US plans to increase arms supplies to Taiwan

China protests US plans to increase arms supplies to Taiwan

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BEIJING: China’s authorities express resolute protest over Pentagon’s intention to increase arms deliveries to Taiwan, reports TASS.

In a briefing, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Zhao Lijian said on Wednesday such steps by the US disrupt the peace in the Taiwan Strait.

"Such actions by the US undermine Chinese-American relations and disrupt the peace in the Taiwan Strait. In relation to this, China expresses resolute protest and sharp discontent," he said.

According to the diplomat, the Chinese authorities consider the supplies of US arms to Taipei as a violation of bilateral agreements and an infringement on China’s national interests.

"The United States should cancel the planned arms supplies and cease conducting military drills with Taiwan’s participation," the diplomat added.

As US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin stated on Tuesday, the US plans to provide weapons and military equipment to Taiwan that from the American point of view are necessary for its self-defense.