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    China Accuses US of Turning Taiwan into a Powder Keg with its Latest Sales to Self-Governing Island

    China Accuses US of Turning Taiwan into a Powder Keg with its Latest Sales to Self-Governing Island

    's Defense Ministry accused the United States of turning Taiwan into a powder keg Wednesday with its latest sales of military equipment to the self-governing island democracy worth a total of $440.2 million.

    The U.S. State Department approved of the sale of 30 mm ammunition and related equipment, along with spare parts for Taiwan's vehicles, small arms, combat weapon systems, and logistical support items. Defense Ministry spokesperson Col. Tan Kefei responded that “the U.S. ignores China's core concerns, crudely interferes in China's internal affairs, and deliberately escalates tensions across the Taiwan Strait.”

    China claims Taiwan as its own territory to be conquered by if necessary and Tan said “stern representations” had been lodged with the U.S.

    “This is tantamount to accelerating the transformation of Taiwan into a ‘powder keg' and pushing the Taiwanese people into the abyss of disaster,” he said in a statement carried on the ministry's website.

    Using force to seek independence is wishful thinking and is doomed to failure, he said, using standard Chinese terminology, adding that the People's Liberation was always ready and would maintain peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.

    The U.S. maintains a “One China” policy under which it does not recognize Taiwan's formal independence and has no formal diplomatic relations with the island in deference to Beijing. Nonetheless,…

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