Chinese Vice Foreign Minister He Yafei says the U.S.-Taiwan arms deal “severely” endangers China’s national security.
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According to CNN, China has threatened to slap sanctions on American companies that sell arms to its rival Taiwan as part of a range of punitive actions Beijing is taking to protest the deal.
I will look at this article in economical point of view, not political. United States has chosen to sell its arms to Taiwan obviously for money, but has cost them sanctions from China. However, I do not think this as a disadvantage as United States doesn’t sell that much of arms to China. So even if they lose a market in China, it would not affect them so much. They did not have the arms market at China to start with. Also, even if United States tried to sell their products to China, I am definitely sure that China have enough technology to build and manufacture their own arms.
Unlike China, Taiwan depends heavily on United States for security arms. It does not have a high technology in military arms like China does. Therefore, it has to import military arms from foreign countries. However, many countries are reluctant in selling arms to Taiwan in fear of China’s diplomatic pressure. So Taiwan has depended on United States for longer than 50 years since the start of Cold War.
In my opinion, even if China politically and economically pressure United States, United States will never give up on this large market for exporting its arms. Though, this would aggravate the deep distrust between China and United States.