China summons US envoy over $1.8bn Taiwan arms deal
Dec 17, Beijing: China has summoned a senior US envoy in protest after Washington announced that it would sell two warships to Taiwan as a part of a $1.8bn arms deal.
Vice Foreign Minister Zheng Zeguang made "solemn representations" with the US charge d'affaires regarding the sale, a statement on the foreign ministry's website on Thursday said.
The arms deal, comes as tensions rise over China's island-building in the South China Sea.
The US state department said on Wednesday that it intended to sell Taipei two Perry-class Frigates, Javelin anti-tank missiles, TOW 2B anti-tank missiles, AAV-7 Amphibious Assault Vehicles and a range of other military equipment, media reports said.
Taiwan expressed gratitude to Washington for helping with its defence needs.
China views Taiwan as a breakaway province which will one day be reunited with the mainland, though relations have warmed in recent weeks.
Leaders from both countries met last month for the first time since the 1949 civil war.
The Oslo Times