The US government is considering imposing sanctions on China, similar to those it is taking against Russia for invading Ukraine, if it attacks Taiwan’s sovereigntyUS Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said on Wednesday.
On Monday, the Treasury chief appeared before the US House Financial Services Committee and was asked by the Republican lawmaker Patrick McHenry, who has called for sanctions against senior Chinese officials in the event of Beijing’s assault on Taiwan, Like the one taken against the Russian oligarchy.
“We have already shown that we can. In the case of Russia, we have threatened dire consequences and imposed dire consequences. They should not doubt our ability or decide to do the same in other situations.Yellen replied.
The minister noted that she had already imposed sanctions on China over other issues, such as “provocations” in Hong Kong, but she She admitted that she was “concerned” about what might happen in Taiwan.
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On the other hand, the United States also announced Approval of a new sale of military training equipment and services to Taiwan, a measure sharply criticized by China, which claims the island.
The agreement exceeded $95 million It is intended to support the US Patriot air defense system installed in Taiwan.
Suggested sale It will help maintain the density of the received missile (Taiwan) and ensure readiness for air operations,” The Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a statement on Tuesday.
The US Department of Defense added that Taiwan will use the proposed training and equipment “as a deterrent against regional threats and to strengthen national defense.”
Taiwan welcomed the agreement, The third military sale approved under President Joe Biden to the Pacific island nation.
“In the face of military expansion and continued Chinese provocation, Taiwan must fully demonstrate its strong determination to defend itself.”Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Taiwan’s Ministry of Defense said The deal is expected to enter into force within a month.
China’s Foreign Ministry denounced the agreement on Wednesday, saying it “severely damages Sino-US relations, peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.”
“China will take resolute and forceful measures to resolutely defend its sovereignty and security interests.spokesman Zhao Lijian said.
The sale follows a similar approval in February to train and support Taiwan’s missile defense systems. The first major arms sale to Taipei under the Biden administration was in August, with the approval of 40 M109A6 155mm self-propelled howitzers.
Beijing has dramatically increased its aggressiveness in recent years by sending 969 Chinese fighter jets to the Taiwan Air Defense Zone in 2021.according to a database compiled by the agency France Press agency. More than double the 380 shipped in 2020.
China refers to Taiwan as its territory and has repeatedly vowed to take it back one day.By force if necessary.
Washington remained Taipei’s most important ally. And its main supplier of weapons, despite the fact that it changed diplomatic recognition in favor of Beijing in 1979.
(with information from the EFE and AFP)