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Why is the Chinese Government opposed to any sale or lease of arms to Taiwan by countries maintaining diplomatic relations with China?
2004/06/16

The Chinese Government is all along firmly opposed the sale or lease of any type of arms and equipment or transfer of production technology of the same to Taiwan by any country. All countries maintaining diplomatic relations with China should abide by the principles of mutual respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity and non-interference in each other's internal affairs, and refrain from providing arms to Taiwan in any form or under any pretext. Failure to do so would be a breach of the norms of international relations and interference in China's internal affairs.

All countries in the world, especially big powers shouldering major responsibilities for world peace, are obligated to strictly abide by the guidelines laid down by the five permanent members of the UN Security Council to restrict the proliferation of conventional weapons so as to contribute to maintaining and promoting regional peace and security.

At a time when relations across the Taiwan Straits are easing up, certain powers have seen fit to renege on their undertakings under international agreements and to flout the Chinese Government's repeated strong representations by making arms sales to Taiwan, thereby whipping up tension between the two sides of the Straits. This not only constitutes a serious threat to China's security and an obstacle to China's peaceful reunification, but also undermines peace and stability in Asia and the world at large. It is only natural that the Chinese people should voice strong resentment against this conduct.


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