US will ‘bear all consequences’ if it closes $8B fighter jet deal with Taiwan, China says

21-Aug-2019 Intellasia | FoxBusiness | 6:02 AM Print This Post

China’s Foreign Ministry said Monday the US Opens a New Window. must halt the sale of Lockheed Martin F-16 V fighter jets Opens a New Window. to Taiwan or “bear all consequences.”

The Department of State Opens a New Window. is seeking approval from the House and Senate foreign relations committees Opens a New Window. for a deal with Taiwan worth $8 billion, Defense News reports Opens a New Window.. Taiwan reportedly asked to buy 66 jets.

The deal would be “highly harmful” and would violate the “one China” principle, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

“China will take necessary measures to safeguard its interests in accordance with the development of the situation,” the spokesman said.

Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle cheered the proposed arms deal Opens a New Window., which has not been officially confirmed by the State Department.

The potential sale “sends a strong message about the US commitment to security and democracy in the Indo-Pacific,” House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Eliot Engel and top committee Republican Michael McCaul said in a joint statement.

The news comes as the US and China continue to duke it out in a trade war Opens a New Window., and some have speculated that the arms deal could be used as a bargaining chip in trade negotiations.

Since 1979, the US has sold arms of various kinds to Taiwan, which broke away from China in 1949.


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