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China warns France not to sell weapons to Taiwan and France: we should concentrate on fighting the epidemic

China warns France not to sell weapons to Taiwan and France: we should concentrate on fighting the epidemic


China warned France not to sell weapons to Taiwan. France responded by saying that France follows the one-China policy and the contract with Taiwan. All attention and efforts should be focused on fighting the new coronavirus epidemic.

The Taiwanese government said last month that it was seeking to purchase armaments from France to maintain and update the missile jamming system on the French Lafayette. Most of Taiwan ’s armaments are US-made, but in 1991, France and Taiwan signed a US $ 2.8 billion military sales contract, including six Lafayette frigates, and sold 60 Mirage fighters to Taiwan the following year. France ’s arms sales to Taiwan have caused strong dissatisfaction with China.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said at a regular press conference on Wednesday (May 13) that reporters asked about France ’s plan to sell weapons to Taiwan. China has expressed serious concerns to France and China once again urges France to abide by one China In principle, cancel the plan of arms sales to Taiwan to avoid damage to Sino-French relations.

In response, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Wednesday that France followed the "one-China" policy reached with China in 1994 and continued to urge the two sides to engage in dialogue. In a statement, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that “in the face of the 2019 New Coronavirus Epidemic (COVID-19) crisis, all our attention and efforts should be focused on fighting this pandemic.”

France is now interested in selling weapons to Taiwan, which has caused serious concern to China. This time point is embarrassing for France, because the outbreak of the new coronavirus, France purchased millions of masks from China, and there was a diplomatic dispute between France and China last month.

In the middle of last month, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs called on the Chinese ambassador to France, Lu Shaye, about the staff of the French nursing home being posted on the website of the Chinese Embassy in France and the tweet "slander". An unnamed Chinese diplomat hinted in a series of articles published by the Chinese Embassy in France that the French nursing home had an epidemic and that the management personnel fled collectively, causing many elderly people to die in unattended care. China has defended the Chinese government's response to the New Coronavirus pandemic in a series of articles published by the embassy in France, while criticizing the West for mishandling the epidemic.

Taiwan ’s Ministry of National Defense said on Wednesday that the Taiwan navy complies with relevant procurement procedures to meet "combat needs." However, the Ministry of Defense did not provide further explanation.

Taiwan ’s Naval Command issued a news on April 6 that the Lafayette ’s jamming system has been in use for more than 25 years. Considering that the intellectual property rights and the source of goods may disappear, it still decided to purchase from France and handle the system extension after careful evaluation To meet operational needs.

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