CHINA attacked the US yesterday over its arms sales to breakaway Taiwan and unilateral sanctions on firms allegedly trading with North Korea.
The US State Department approved a $1.4 billion (£1.1bn) arms deal with the island — even though Washington does not formally recognise Taiwan’s government.
Spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the deal supported “Taiwan’s ability to maintain a sufficient self-defence policy.”
“There’s no change, I should point out, to our one-China policy” of recognising Beijing as the legitimate authority, she claimed. Previous US governments have sold arms to Taiwan.
But Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said said yesterday the sale would severely damage China’s sovereignty and security interests and run counter to Washington’s commitment to the “one-China” policy.
“We oppose any external interference in our internal affairs.”
Mr Lu also laid into the US Treasury Department after it labelled the small Bank of Dandong a “primary money-laundering concern” for North Korea and threatened to sever it from the US financial system after a 60-day review.
“We are in no way targeting China with these actions,” Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said.
Mr Lu said unilateral sanctions outside the UN security council were inappropriate, pointing out that China has fully implemented UN sanctions on its neighbour.
“We also firmly oppose any individual country [exercising] long-arm jurisdiction under its own domestic law,” he said.