China 'Deplores' First-Ever US Military Transfer To Taiwan

China has expressed strong disapproval towards the US administration’s recent approval of an unprecedented military transfer to Taiwan, a move Beijing views as a violation of the “one-China principle.”

The U.S.’s transfer was condemned by Beijing, which considers the island as its own territory, as a severe violation of the one-China principle, according to China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, Wang Wenbin, The Hill reported.

"This severely violates the one-China principle and the stipulations of the three China-U.S. joint communiques."

"China deplores and firmly opposes it." 

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The first of its kind, the military transfer was approved by the U.S. State Department on Tuesday. The $80 million package is intended to bolster Taiwan’s self-defense capabilities and is part of the department’s foreign military financing (FMF) program.

Beijing has repeatedly voiced its opposition to any US defense aid to Taiwan. It urged Washington to cease heightening tensions across the Taiwan Strait and to stop arming Taiwan, as stated by Wenbin.

Although the exact contents of the military package remain undisclosed, potential inclusions could range from air and coastal defense systems to training support for Taiwan’s military forces.

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