Fri Jul 12, 2019, 04:31 PM

China Warns the US Not to 'Play with Fire' Over a $2.2 Billion Sale of Tanks and Missiles to Taiwan

China warned the US Friday not to "play with fire" by engaging Taiwan, which is expected to receive billions of dollars worth of US weapons and whose democratically elected leader just visited New York.

"We urge the US to fully recognize the gravity of the Taiwan question," Wang Yi, China's foreign minister, said Friday, according to Reuters. He added that the US should "not to play with fire on the question of Taiwan."

"If the US side wants to create new troubles in US-China relations, ultimately their actions will backfire," the Chinese diplomat remarked, the Associated Press reported.

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, despite Chinese opposition, was permitted to make a stopover in New York on Thursday. During her visit, she stressed that Taiwan will not bend to Beijing's will or abandon plans to again become a recognized member of the United Nations.

"Taiwan will never succumb to any threats , now or in the future," Tsai said at a high-profile event at the de facto embassy in New York, South China Morning Post reported. "Any obstacles will only strengthen Taiwan's resolution to join the international community."


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