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China protests US over plans to provide aid to Taiwan

China protests US over plans to provide aid to Taiwan

China has strongly protested to the United States over a bill to provide Taiwan with military aid, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning said at a briefing on Thursday.

Earlier, the US Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs approved a bill that provides Taiwan with $4.5 billion over four years, credit guarantees for military purchases of up to $2 billion, and the status of “the main US ally outside NATO.”

After approval by the relevant committee, the draft law “On Taiwan Policy” goes to the consideration of the entire composition of the upper house of Congress.

“The related bill seriously violates the United States commitment to China on the Taiwan issue, violates the One China principle and the provisions of the three Sino-US joint communiqués, interferes with China’s internal affairs, violates international law and basic norms of international relations, and sends serious false a signal to separatist forces advocating Taiwan independence,” the diplomat said.

She stressed that “China strongly opposes this and has already made a strict submission to the US.”