Q: According to reports, the U.S. Raytheon Company said recently that as approved by the U.S. Government, the company will sell $1.1-billion-worth of Patriot anti-missiles system to Taiwan shortly. How do you comment?
A: The U.S. sales of advanced weapons to Taiwan seriously violate the three China-U.S. Joint Communiqués, the principles enshrined in the August 17 Communiqué in particular. China expresses its strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition to the sales which could undermine China's security interests as well as peace and stability across the Taiwan Straits and interfere in China's internal affairs. It has made solemn representations to the U.S. side.
It must be pointed out that the Taiwan question, bearing upon China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, has always been the most important and sensitive issue in China-U.S. relations. We strongly urge the U.S. side to fully realize the gravity of arms sales to Taiwan, abandon the Cold War mentality and strictly abide by the three China-U.S. Joint Communiqués, especially the principles established in the August 17 Communiqué. It should strictly honor its commitments to respecting China's core interests and major concerns, and correct its erroneous practice by revoking the relevant arms sales package and putting an end to its arms sales to Taiwan so as not to undermine the overall interest of China-U.S. cooperation. We also urge the Raytheon Company to stop pushing for and participating in arms sales to Taiwan, and to refrain from doing things that will undermine China's sovereignty and security interests.