China’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday that Beijing “firmly opposes” the sale of arms by the United States to Taiwan. Foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told the regular press conference the arms sales violated the one-China principle that the US had promised to stick to when establishing diplomatic ties with China.
His comments came after reports saying that the White House was moving ahead with three sales of advanced weaponry to Taiwan and has sent notification of the deals to Congress for approval.
In response to protests from Tokyo to the entry of Chinese coast guard ships into the disputed waters off the East China Sea, Zhao said the disputed Diaoyu Islands – or Senkaku Islands as Japan calls them – are Chinese territory.
“It is China’s inherent right to carry out cruise law enforcement in the Diaoyu Islands waters, which Japan should earnestly respect,” Zhao said.
Japan said two Chinese coast guard ships entered the Japanese-claimed waters on Sunday morning and had remained there, ignoring repeated warnings and exit demands by the Japanese side.
Japan has protested to the Chinese side and demanded that the Chinese ships immediately move out of Japanese waters.