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China: ‘US seriously violating the one-China principle’ – MOFA Spox on delivering US military equipment to Taiwan

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China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Wang Wenbin stated that ‘US seriously violating the one-China principle’ by transferring military equipment to Taiwan under a program usually used for sovereign states, during a briefing in Beijing on Thursday.

« Through the so-called foreign military financing plan applicable to sovereign states, the United States has provided weapons to Taiwan, seriously violating the one-China principle and the provisions of the three Sino-US joint communiques, especially the 1982 year’s communique, seriously violating international law and basic norms governing international relations, harming China’s sovereignty and security interests, and endangering peace and stability in Taiwan, » he said.

The Chinese top diplomat stressed the Chinese side is ‘strongly dissatisfied with the seriously wrong signal sent by the separatist forces for Taiwan independence and firmly opposes it’.

During the presser, MOFA’s spox also commented on the Philippines’s statement about ‘rejecting’ China’s new national map because of its inclusion of a dashed line around contested areas of the South China Sea, which was subject to an international tribunal ruling in 2016 that found in favour of Manila.

« China’s position on the South China Sea issue has always been clear. The Chinese authorities routinely update and publish various types of standard maps every year. It aims to provide standard mapping services for all sectors of the community and raise the public awareness of standardising the use of maps and hope that the parties concerned will treat them objectively and rationally, » he added.

Wang Wenbin also answered the question of whether Chairman of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping will take part in the G20 summit in India on September 9-10.

« At this time, I cannot give any information regarding the Chinese leader’s attendance at the G20 summit, » the spokesperson stated.

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