China slams US deal to sell arms to Taiwan

China's foreign ministry has strongly condemned a US plan to sell Taiwan military equipment worth 1.1 billion dollars.

President Joe Biden's administration said last Friday that it had notified Congress of its intent to sell Taiwan 60 anti-ship missiles, 100 air-to-air missiles and other arms.

China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said in a news conference on Monday that the arms sales severely harm peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and send a gravely wrong signal to what it called "Taiwan independence" separatist forces.

Mao went on to say China firmly opposes and strongly condemns the move. She added that China will take "resolute and strong measures" to firmly defend their sovereignty and security interests.

The spokesperson also said, "Taiwan is China's Taiwan. The Taiwan question brooks no external interference. No individual or force can halt the historic process of China's complete reunification."

China has stepped up pressure on Taiwan since a high-profile visit to the island by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. It has conducted large-scale military drills and sent fighter jets over the median line in the Taiwan Strait.