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China Urges US to 'Immediately Cancel' Arms Sale to Taiwan

China urged the United States to "immediately cancel" a potential US$2.2 billion arms sales to Taiwan, saying it strongly opposes the action, Channel News Asia reports.

It would be the first big-ticket US military sale to Taiwan in decades, and comes as ties between Washington and Beijing are already strained by their trade war.

China has lodged formal complaints through diplomatic channels expressing "strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition" to the move, China's foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a regular press briefing.

"The sale of weapons by the United States to Taiwan ... seriously violates the one-China principle ... grossly interferes in China's internal affairs and undermines China's sovereignty and security interests," Geng said at a daily news briefing in Beijing.

"China urges the US to ... immediately cancel the planned arms sale and stop military relations with Taipei to avoid damaging Sino-US relations and harming peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait," he added.

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