On September 25, the US government informed Congress that it had decided to sell a total of about $330 million worth of weapons and equipment to Taiwan. The arms sales to Taiwan include F-16 fighters, C-130 transport aircraft, F5 fighters and other weapons.
The United States announced that the new arms sales plan to Taiwan is just the same day that USA imposed a $200 billion tax increase on China, which undoubtedly further aggravated the Sino-US trade war.
In the context of the intensified trade war, China and the United States have also been constantly rubbing on the military side. Last week, the United States sanctioned the Chinese Military Equipment Department. Subsequently, the Chinese government rejected the application of the US warship to visit Hong Kong in October and recalled the naval commander who was visiting the United States, canceling the original high-level naval meeting.
This is the second time the Trump administration has sold arms to Taiwan since June last year. Last year, the United States sold 1.42 billion U.S. dollars of arms to Taiwan.
The Taiwan issue concerns China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, concerns China’s core interests and is the most important and sensitive core issue in Sino-US relations. The one-China principle is the political foundation of Sino-US relations. The United States has repeatedly adhered to the one-China principle before. However, the repeated US arms sales to Taiwan are undoubtedly a violation of its own commitments.
Taiwan is an inalienable part of China’s territory. It is not feasible for the United States to try to contain the rise of China’s overall national strength through the Taiwan issue and the trade war.