(ECNS) -- U.S. arms sales to the Taiwan region seriously violate the one-China principle and the three China-U.S. joint communiqués, especially the August 17 Communiqué and China firmly opposes them, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning said on Friday.
Mao made the remarks after Steven Rudder, head of a delegation of 25 U.S. arms dealers who attended the Taiwan-U.S. Defense Industry Forum on Wednesday, said in his speech that U.S. defense contractors “want to be part of the self-defense capabilities of Taiwan” to increase its deterrence so that “we may never have to go to war.”
Rudder was in charge of the U.S. Marines operations in the Pacific.
The U.S. and the Taiwan authorities have been stepping up military collusion lately.
It is further proof that the U.S. is turning Taiwan into a “powder keg”, which only spells trouble for our Taiwan compatriots, the spokeswoman said.
As the “forum” was being held, people from all walks of life gathered nearby to protest the warmongers peddling conflict, oppose those soliciting U.S. support for independence and opening the door to the devil, call on young people in Taiwan to refuse to be enlisted, and voice support for one China on both sides of the Taiwan Strait and cross-Strait peace.
The DPP authorities need to hear these voices and immediately stop trading our Taiwan compatriots’ fundamental interests for selfish gains, she added.
We once again urge the U.S. to abide by the one-China principle and the three China-U.S. joint communiqués, stop arms sales to and military contact with Taiwan, and stop creating factors that could cause tensions in the Taiwan Strait, she said.
She stressed that the Chinese side will take strong and resolute measures to firmly defend our sovereignty and security interests.
Any external forces that interfere in China’s internal affairs and undermine peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait shall bear the consequences and pay for their erroneous acts, she said.