China Demands U.S. Scrap $108-M Arms Sales To Taiwan
China has asked that the United States promptly cancel its most recent weapons sale to Taiwan, the Chinese official television said late on Monday, July 18, 2022, citing Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense. Meg Shen of Reuters reported the same story.
Photo Insert: A Taiwanese attack chopper
The Pentagon said on Friday, July 15, that the US State Department had cleared the potential sale of $108 million worth of military technical assistance to Taiwan. In accordance with US policy, all foreign arms sales are negotiated by the Pentagon, which evaluates bidders based on their potential benefit to or threat to US national security.
Taiwan has produced its own fighter jet, submarine, and missiles, as well as tanks and artillery, but it still requires cutting-edge military equipment from the United States.
Taiwan is a major customer of the United States, the world's largest arms manufacturer. Since the United States is legally bound to support Taiwan's defense, it is believed that it will reject China's request to rescind the arms deal.
While China claims Taiwan as its province, citing the fact that imperial China annexed it as a province in 1638, Taiwan was never administered by China until the late 19th century, after which it was ceded to Japan in the Treaty of Shimonoseki in 1895, after Japan had beaten China and destroyed its navy during the Sino-Japanese War.
Taiwan was handed to the Republic of China under Chiang Kai-shek in 1945, marking the end of Japanese rule.
Many Chinese in Taiwan, the benshengren, view China as a foreign nation, and they owe Beijing no allegiance. Only the descendants of the waizhengren, Chinese immigrants to Taiwan who arrived in 1895, identify as Chinese.
A poll done in 2012 by the Election Study Center of the National Chengchi University in Taiwan revealed that only 2.4% of the population identifies as Chinese, compared to 75.6% in 1992. 63.7 percent of the population considers themselves to be Taiwanese.