China unhappy with France over contract to sell arms to Taiwan

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In the context of the global Wuhan virus international crisis, tensions over Taiwan’s status quickly escalate. All countries supporting Taiwan’s access to WHO will come under fire. That makes France a prime target with its somehow residual military connections with Taiwan. Let’s see how it unfolds.


China has called on France to cancel a weapons contract with Taiwan, warning that the deal with the self-ruled island could harm diplomatic relations between Beijing and Paris.
“We stand against foreign arms sales to Taiwan or having military and security exchanges with the island, and this stance is consistent and clear,” Zhao Lijian, a spokesman for the Chinese foreign ministry, said.
“China has expressed grave concerns to France. We once again urge France to abide by the one-China principle, cancel its plan to sell arms to Taiwan, and avoid damaging Sino-French relations.”
The one-China principle is a policy advocated by Beijing stating that there is only one sovereign state under the name of China and both the Chinese mainland and Taiwan – whose official name remains the Republic of China – belong to one country.

According to Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defence, the island plans to upgrade the missile interference systems of the six French-built La Fayette frigates it bought about 30 years ago, which plunged ties between China and France to a historic low.

The defence ministry said it had earmarked US$27.8 million for the acquisition of Dagaie Mk 2 decoy launcher upgrade kits and ammunition from France.

Taiwan has been widely praised for its success in containing the
coronavirus outbreak and has received support for its wish to take part in the World Health Assembly, the World Health Organisation’s (WHO’s) decision-making body. But that has irked Beijing, which vetoes Taiwan joining the WHO because it says the island is part of China and therefore has no right to join international bodies.
Beijing’s protest over the planned sale is among the latest moves by China to contain the island’s international space.

Beijing has also protested over military relations between Taiwan and other nations.

France sold the six frigates to Taiwan for US$2.8 billion in 1991, causing a freeze in diplomatic relations between Paris and Beijing.

Since the 2016 election of Tsai Ing-wen, from the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party, as the Taiwanese president, Beijing has tried to squeeze Taiwan by stopping official exchanges with the island, staging war games around it and poaching seven of its diplomatic allies.
Beijing considers the democratic Taiwan to be a renegade province awaiting reunification, by force if necessary, even though the two have been ruled separately for more than seven decades.
 
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In the context of the global Wuhan virus international crisis, tensions over Taiwan’s status quickly escalate. All countries supporting Taiwan’s access to WHO will come under fire. That makes France a prime target with its somehow residual military connections with Taiwan. Let’s see how it unfolds.


China has called on France to cancel a weapons contract with Taiwan, warning that the deal with the self-ruled island could harm diplomatic relations between Beijing and Paris.
“We stand against foreign arms sales to Taiwan or having military and security exchanges with the island, and this stance is consistent and clear,” Zhao Lijian, a spokesman for the Chinese foreign ministry, said.
“China has expressed grave concerns to France. We once again urge France to abide by the one-China principle, cancel its plan to sell arms to Taiwan, and avoid damaging Sino-French relations.”
The one-China principle is a policy advocated by Beijing stating that there is only one sovereign state under the name of China and both the Chinese mainland and Taiwan – whose official name remains the Republic of China – belong to one country.

Beijing has also protested over military relations between Taiwan and other nations.

France sold the six frigates to Taiwan for US$2.8 billion in 1991, causing a freeze in diplomatic relations between Paris and Beijing.

Since the 2016 election of Tsai Ing-wen, from the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party, as the Taiwanese president, Beijing has tried to squeeze Taiwan by stopping official exchanges with the island, staging war games around it and poaching seven of its diplomatic allies.
Beijing considers the democratic Taiwan to be a renegade province awaiting reunification, by force if necessary, even though the two have been ruled separately for more than seven decades.
Which types of weapons are part of this contract??
 

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Interestingly enough, France sold Lafayette class frigates and Mirage 2000-5 s to Taiwan respectively in 1991 and 1992. It is no coincidence it happened just a short time after Tian An Men square massacre. China’s image was so badly damaged by the events , just like it is now damaged by its lies and aggressivity. In contrast, Taiwan emerges again as an heroic little island resisting Chinese’ dictatorship. Perhaps time to upgrade these Mirage 2000 ?
 

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Keep crying commie gooks no one gives a damn. I hope that coward pm of ours formally establishes diplomatic relations with Taiwan and throws one chine policy in garbage bin.
 

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