China has summoned a senior US envoy in Beijing to protest against a US$1.83 billion arms sale to Taiwan.

Vice Foreign Minister Zheng Zeguang was cited by the state-run news agency Xinhua as telling US charge d’affaires Kaye Lee that Beijing has decided to take measures including imposing sanctions against American companies involved in the deal.

“Taiwan is an inalienable part of China’s territory. [Mainland] China strongly opposes the US arms sale to Taiwan,” Xinhua quoted Zheng as saying.

Taiwan’s Presidential Office and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomed the arms sale.

It indicated “that US-Taiwan relations have never been better”, they said.

The self-ruled island will vote for a new president on January 16.

Tsai Ing-wen, the presidential candidate of the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party, said the arms sale was unrelated to Taiwanese politics and was to meet the island’s defence… see more

source: scmp