After the United States approved a $300 million deal to strengthen the defenses of the self-ruled island, China vowed on Monday to “take countermeasures” against companies involved in arms sales to Taiwan.
Although the US Congress demands that Taiwan’s self-governing democracy receive weapons for defense, China sees Taiwan as part of its territory and has threatened to take it one day.
Last week, the US State Department authorized an arms package that both sides claimed would improve Taipei’s combined combat command and control infrastructure.
Retaliating on Monday, Beijing declared that it would take “strong and resolute measures to defend its territorial integrity and national sovereignty.”
At a routine press briefing, foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin declared, without providing specifics, “We will take countermeasures against relevant enterprises involved in arms sales to Taiwan.”
He went on, saying that the US “should stop the dangerous trend of arming Taiwan, stop creating tensions in the Taiwan Strait, and stop indulging and supporting the separatist forces of Taiwan independence in their quest for achieving independence by force.”
“China must and will reunite eventually.”
Since Taiwan’s independence-minded President Tsai Ing-wen came to office in 2016, Beijing has increased its pressure on Taiwan.
It frequently deploys warplanes and ships in close proximity to the island, and the defense ministry has recently reported seeing multiple balloon sightings from the mainland.
Beijing has received warnings from Taipei and Washington not to try to sway Taiwan’s presidential elections next month.