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Washington is fanning war with arms sales to Taiwan: Editorial flash

By ZHANG ZHOUXIANG | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2023-07-29 12:58

The Taipei 101 skyscraper in Taipei, Southeast China's Taiwan. [Photo/Xinhua]

The freshly announced $345 million package of military aid to Taiwan shows Washington is apparently attempting to export war to the Asia-Pacific as part of its containment strategy toward China.

The move, which betrays earlier promises from senior US officials including Secretary of State Antony Blinken not to support the secessionists in that island, has again exposed how they fail to walk the talk.

Besides "man-portable air defense systems, intelligence and surveillance capabilities, firearms and missiles" that cannot be more obvious in targeting the Chinese mainland, the package also includes "education and training" for the locals, an extremely detrimental move aimed at planting the seed of secessionism in the minds of the young so as to turn them into cannon fodder of the secessionists in power.

In some sense, the US is trying to make use of Taiwan as a "nail" to pin down its imaginary enemy. But Taiwan as an inseparable part of China is not its tool so the US better give up that daydream because it will crash like a bubble.

Echoing the move, Taiwan's "trade office" in Washington said it's "an important tool to support Taiwan's self-defense" and they would maintain "peace, stability and the status quo across the Taiwan Strait". They need to learn that US weapons will not make them safer. The Chinese central government's determination for national reunification will never be compromised no matter how much US sells arms to the island.

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