China on Friday reiterated its longstanding opposition to the potential arms sales from the U.S. to Taiwan region after Washington approved the sale of an anti-tank mine-laying system to the island.
According to reports, the potential sale would cost an estimated $180 million.
China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin urged Washington to immediately stop military contacts with Taiwan.
"We urge the U.S. side to abide by the one-China principle and the provisions in the three Sino-U.S. joint communiques, fulfill its president's commitment on not supporting 'Taiwan independence,' stop arms sales to and military contacts with Taiwan, and to stop creating new tensions in the Taiwan Straits," Wang told reporters at a daily press briefing.
Wang warned that China will take "strong measures" in defending its sovereignty and security interests.
The Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council also voiced firm opposition to the arms sale, urging Washington to deal with the Taiwan question "carefully." The office also warned the authorities from Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party to stop colluding with external forces and seeking "Taiwan independence."