Published:  12:00 AM, 21 March 2017

China warns US over arms sales to Taiwan

China on Monday reiterated its firm opposition to US arm sales to Taiwan, amid reports that Donald Trump's administration is preparing a large shipment of advanced weaponry for the self-ruling island.

China firmly opposes US arms sales to Taiwan, this is consistent and clear-cut, foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a regular press briefing. We hope the US side fully recognizes the high sensitivity and serious harmfulness of its sales to Taiwan.  She called on Washington to abide by the One-China policy and cease Taiwan arm sales in order to preserve Sino-US relations and peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. The comments, which came one day after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ended a visit to Beijing, followed reports in US media that Trump's government was preparing a large-scale arms package for Taiwan.

-AP, Beijing

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