Taipei (TLS) – This comes as the U.S. State Department approved a new plan to sell weapons worth US$180 million to Taiwan.

The Chinese government strongly urged the United States on Sunday to immediately stop arms sales to Taiwan and cease military contacts with the island to avoid further damages to the relations between the two countries and their militaries.

“This move by the U.S. side seriously violated the one-China principle and the three joint statements between China and the United States and rudely interfered in the domestic affairs of China, to which China expressed strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition,” the spokesperson of the Ministry of National Defense Wu Qian said.

The official added that it also sends a wrong signal to Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party authority and “Taiwan independence” separatists, “seriously undermining China’s sovereignty and security, and seriously jeopardized the peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.”

To this, however, Wu declared that the People’s Liberation Army will take all necessary measures to firmly safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Meanwhile, on Sunday, China’s Foreign Affairs Minister Wang Yi warned that the U.S. is pushing both countries “to the brink of a new Cold War.”

“This dangerous attempt to turn back the will of history will undo the fruits of decades-long China-U.S. cooperation, dampen America’s own development prospects, and put world stability and prosperity in jeopardy,” Wang said, adding that China has no intention to change or stop its modernization.

If the U.S. proceeds with the intended sale, it would open a third diplomatic and political confrontation against China.

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Washington armed Taiwan with F16s worth $8 billion last year

In August of 2019, the United States State Department approved an $8 billion sale of F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said.

The sale of 66 Lockheed Martin Corp F-16V jets, 75 General Electric engines, as well as other systems to the island was the largest single arms package transaction between the United States and Taiwan.

At the time, Chinese Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said the U.S. side seriously violated the one-China principle and the three China-U.S. joint statements, adding that it has interfered in China’s internal affairs and undermined China’s sovereignty and security interests.

Hua also urged the U.S. to stop military contact and arms sales to Taiwan, otherwise, she warned, the Chinese government will “take countermeasures and the U.S. will be responsible for all related consequences.”

After the State Department gave an informal notification of the sale on Aug. 15 to the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee, it had to wait for their approval which it received shortly later.

Both Republican and Democratic leading lawmakers, such as Democratic chairman of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, Eliot Engel, and the panel’s ranking Republican, Michael McCaul said in a joint statement that the deal “sends a strong message.” While other legislators across the aisle issued statements backing the sale.

In July of last year, China’s foreign ministry called on the U.S. to withdraw another potential US$2.2 billion arms sales of tanks and missiles to Taiwan, saying it strongly opposes the action.

Proceeding with the 2019 sale, the U.S. opened a third diplomatic and political confrontation against China, the first related to the trade war and second over Hong Kong. China has repeatedly warned the U.S. to stop meddling in the Asian nation’s internal affairs.

This post originally ran on teleSUR and appears here with permission. Featured photo | Kremlin.ru