China Opposed to US Sales of "Maverick" Missiles to Taiwan: Spokesman
China is firmly opposed to the United States' plan
of selling Maverick missiles to Taiwan, a Chinese Foreign
Ministry spokesman said at a press conference Thursday.
Spokesman Zhu Bangzao made the remark when
asked to comment on the statement by the US Department of
Defense on September 5 that the United States may sell 40
Maverick missiles to Taiwan to arm its F-16 fighter jets.
Zhu said that China is seriously concerned
about this. Such an act by the United States would send a
wrong signal to the Taiwan authorities and constitute a
gross interference in China's internal affairs. China is
firmly opposed to this, he said.
Zhu said that
the three Sino-US Joint Communiques are the basis for
Sino-US relations, and US arms sales to Taiwan will once
again violate the three joint communiques, especially the
one issued on August 17, 1982, and the relevant commitments
the US side has made.
China demands the United
States realize the harm of arms sales to Taiwan, adhere to
the "one China" policy, the three Sino-US Joint
Communiques and relevant commitments, stop arms sales to
Taiwan so as to avoid harming the cross-straits relations
and Sino-US relations, Zhu said.
Zhu said that
US arms sales to Taiwan would be an encouragement to the
island's forces for "independence," will certainly
have a negative impact on the stability of the Taiwan
Straits. It is not in the interests of the development of
the cross-straits situation, the Sino-US relations and not
in the interests of the United States, the spokesman said.