China just issued a threat to the United States.
The Washington Examiner reports that, following the recent arms deal between the U.S. and Taiwan, China threatened the U.S. with “countermeasures.”
President Joe Biden has recently approved a $750 million arms deal between the United States and Taiwan. In exchange for the money, the U.S. is sending to Taiwan 40 medium self-propelled M109A6 howitzers.
This was the first arms sale between the U.S. and Taiwan since the Biden administration took over. Previously, former President Donald Trump entered into a $600 million arms sale with Taiwan.
The purpose of these arms sales is to help Taiwan to defend itself from invasion by China’s communist regime. China has been pushing for Taiwan to submit to its government, while Taiwan has been fighting to maintain its independence, the independence that it gained when it split from communist China in 1949.
Accordingly, Taiwan has praised the arms deal, saying, “by providing us with defensive weapons and helping us strengthen our self-defense capabilities, the US government is improving Taiwan’s confidence in our efforts to ensure regional security and peace in the Taiwan Strait.”
Before we give the Biden administration too much praise for helping Taiwan, however, it ought to be noted that it has been trying to walk the thin line between helping Taiwan to defend itself but not supporting Taiwan’s independence. China made it clear, though, that it believes the Biden administration crossed the line.
The Chinese Embassy, in response to the arms sale, released a statement in which it threatened to take “countermeasures” against the United States.
“China will resolutely take legitimate and necessary counter-measures in light of the development of the situation,” the embassy said.
In the statement, the Chinese Embassy claimed that the arms deal undermines international law. It also claimed that it “violates the one-China principle and provisions of the three China-US joint communiques.”
And, contrary to the claims made by the U.S. and Taiwan, China claimed that the arms deal would cause “serious damage to China-US relations and the stability of the Taiwan Strait.”
It remains to be seen if and how China will follow through on these threats.