Welcome to President Joe Biden’s America, where ticking off China seems to be a regular occurrence.
According to the Washington Examiner, the communist nation is reportedly incensed over Biden’s approval of a $750 million arms sale to Taiwan. In fact, China is so upset that it threatened the United States could be hit with “countermeasures” as a result of the sale.
What China means by “countermeasures” is anyone’s guess, but it will likely not involve thank-you cards and gift baskets.
China is NOT happy
As the communist nation continues bolstering its “one-China” policy, Biden selling arms to Taiwan has stirred a hornet’s nest. China went as far as accusing the Biden administration of undermining “China’s sovereignty and security interests by selling arms to the Taiwan region.”
In a statement from Taiwan on the massive arms deal, which included a number of self-propelled artillery units (howitzers), Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen heaped praise on the U.S. president for assisting with the country’s national defense measures, the Examiner reported.
“By providing us with defensive weapons and helping us strengthen our self-defense capabilities, the US government is improving Taiwan’s confidence in our efforts to ensure regional security and peace in the Taiwan Strait,” the Taiwanese president stated.
It’s not complicated to deduce why China, which has harbored ill feelings toward Taiwan since it became independent in 1949, isn’t exactly thrilled with the notion of the United States supplying Taiwan with state-of-the-art military equipment.
China complained that the arms deal sends the “wrong signals to ‘Taiwan independence’ separatist forces.”
What’s with the threat?
Chinese officials didn’t elaborate on the threat against the United States in the wake of the deal, only insisting that some kind of action will be taken as a result.
“China will resolutely take legitimate and necessary counter-measures in light of the development of the situation,” a Chinese embassy statement read.
The communist nation was also outraged when former President Donald Trump sold Taiwan a number of cutting-edge, MQ-9B military drones last year. Biden’s arms sale to Taiwan marks his first since taking over the White House earlier this year.
While China’s threat could be empty, in today’s volatile global political climate, there’s no telling what could happen on a given day. Having said that, while China and America were at odds even under Trump’s presidency, to many, it felt a lot less dangerous than it is currently with Biden in charge of America’s safety.