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China hints at action against USA planned weapon sale to Taiwan

China hints at action against USA planned weapon sale to Taiwan

"The US arms sale to Taiwan has severely violated the basic norms of worldwide law and global relations", said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang in an online statement.

The United States should not "play with fire" regarding Taiwan after Washington announced its intention to sell $2.2 billion in weapons to the island state, China's foreign minister said Friday.

Taiwanese media broadcast footage of the clashes outside the Grand Hyatt, where Tsai is staying during her stopover.

On Thursday, police in NY had to break up fights between supporters and opponents of Ms Tsai.

Protester attacks a man with a flag during clashes in NY between pro-China and pro-Taiwan supporters.

Prior to her remarks at Colombia University, Tsai gave a speech at the U.S. -Taiwan Business Summit in NY to talk about trade relations between the two countries, which was also attended by Nasdaq Chairman of the Board Michael Splinter and U.S. -Taiwan Business Council President Rupert Hammond-Chambers.

Tsai told a group of permanent United Nations representatives in NY on Thursday that the island, which is still formally governed as the Republic of China established in 1911 with the fall of the Qing Dynasty (1688-1911), would never give in to Beijing's claim that it is an "inalienable part of Chinese territory", nor give up its bid to join the United Nations.

Yet Washington remains its most powerful unofficial ally and biggest arms supplier.

It bristles at any countries that might lend Taiwan diplomatic support or legitimacy.

In a January 2 speech titled "Letter to our Taiwan compatriots", Chinese President Xi Jinping said that Taiwan must be "unified" with China, and refused to rule out the use of military force to annex the island.

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"We urge the USA to fully recognize the gravity of the Taiwan question. -China trade war not despite our democracy, but rather, thanks to it", she argued, saying that Taiwan's democratic system makes it open to diverse ideas, giving it the flexibility to "break the mold when the mold no longer fits".

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen is spending two days in the USA this week ahead of a trip to visit diplomatic allies in the Caribbean.

Last week, the US Department of State approved a US$2.2 billion arms sale to Taiwan, including main battle tanks and anti-aircraft missiles, the first big-ticket military deal for the nation in years.

Tsai transited through the U.S. during a trip to the Pacific earlier this year, as well as last year's visit to Paraguay and Belize, both prompting official Chinese protests. "All difficulties will only strengthen our determination to go out to the global community".

"I want to reiterate that Taiwan is not, and will never, be intimidated", Tsai told a reception in NY for representatives of Taipei's 17 remaining diplomatic allies, nearly all small Central American, Caribbean, or Pacific nations.

She will attend a business forum on Friday and meet students on Saturday morning before heading to the Caribbean.

Tsai is heading to the Caribbean, stopping over in the U.S. for a total of four nights, an unusually long transit period that has resulted in strenuous objections from Beijing.

She is visiting Haiti, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and St. Lucia on a 12-day trip.

China has poached five of Taipei's dwindling number of allies since Ms Tsai became President in 2016.