United States approves radar sales to Taiwan; China registers its protest on the radar sale
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  • The United States has approved the sale of defence radar equipment to Taiwan to bolster Taiwan’s defence capabilities. US State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley stated, “The decision to approve these export licenses will allow the commercial export to Taiwan of defence services, technical data and defence articles to support Taiwan's existing defence radar system and for upgrading the existing radars on Taiwan's indigenous fighter aircraft.”1

    However, China has registered its protest on the issue and said that it would revoke the business permits given to the firms involved in the deal. Chinese authorities also said that this deal could hurt US-China ties. Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu stated, “China firmly opposes the United States selling weapons and relevant technical assistance to Taiwan…We urge the United States... to revoke their wrong decision and put an end to arms sales to Taiwan and military ties with Taiwan to avoid causing new harm to Sino-US ties”.2