Beijing : China’s Ministry of Foreign affairs has warned the US that if they expect China’s co-operation, they should respect the ‘One China Policy’ and stop providing weapons to Taiwan. Two days ago, the news about US President Donald Trump seriously thinking of supplying arms to Taiwan was published. It seems that against this background, China’s Foreign Ministry has issued this warning. Meanwhile, even as China has issued this warning, it is claimed that two US destroyers have reached Taiwan.
Taiwan’s Defense Minister Feng Shih-Kuan had, last week expressed concern about the threat posed by China to their nation’s security. However, the Defense Minister had claimed in the Parliament that the military of Taiwan is ready to counter China’s aggressiveness and it also possess missiles having the capacity of directly attacking China. Kuan also had stated that Taiwan expects more defense related assistance from the US.
After this appeal was made by the Defense Minister of Taiwan, a news was published regarding the US seriously thinking over providing weapons to Taiwan. The moves regarding this were ongoing while the US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson’s China visit was on. However, China did not respond about this while Tillerson’s visit was ongoing. China’s Foreign Ministry expressed their discontent over the US move to equip Taiwan with arms, after the US Secretary of State returned home on Sunday.
Hua Chunying, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson criticized the US in stern words stating, ‘China clearly opposes the sale of weapons by the US to Taiwan. The US should be conscious of the serious consequences of selling weapons to Taiwan. If the US-China relations are to be safeguarded and peace and stability are to be maintained in Taiwan, the US should not equip Taiwan with weapons.’ China had earlier as well, taken a similar aggressive stand against Taiwan. China has been consistently stating that Taiwan is a part of China only and it shall be merged into China.
Since past few years, the political stand of the US vis-a-vis Taiwan, had been so as to not hurt China. However, going against this stand last month, the US president Trump had a discussion with the President of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-Wen. During the discussions, President Trump, having stated that the US shall back Taiwan, had shaken the ‘One China Policy’.
Later, the news of the decision taken by the Trump administration of supplying weapons on a large scale to Taiwan, was published in the US media. Also, according to the information published in a leading British daily, two US destroyers have reached Taiwan. The said destroyers of ‘Oliver Hazard Perry’ class, retired from the US Navy, have been commissioned in the Taiwanese Navy and will begin operations for the Taiwanese navy from the month of May. These destroyers are equipped with aircraft intercepting guns and missiles.
Apart from this, Taiwan has requested advanced fighter planes from the US. ‘F-16’ fighter planes of US origin are already a part of Taiwan’s Air force. However, Taiwan has now requested advanced ‘F-35B’ fighter planes from the US and it is said that discussion between the leaders of the two nations on this matter is possible very soon. There are clear hints that President Trump is taking these steps, after giving due consideration to the possible adverse reaction from China in this matter. It is also evident that this has indeed increased the pressure on China.