China says US arms sales to Taiwan interfere in its affairs

Reuters Washington, DC, USA Oct 14, 2018, 07.57 PM(IST)

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Ambassador Cui Tiankai apparently referred to a US destroyer sailing near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea.  

China accused the United States on Sunday of going on the offensive by sending US Navy vessels into the South China Sea and described US arms sales to Taiwan as interference in Chinese internal affairs.

"It’s not Chinese warships that are going to the coast of California or to the Gulf of Mexico. It’s so close to the Chinese islands and it is so close to the Chinese coast. So who is on the offensive, who is on the defensive? This is very clear," Ambassador Cui Tiankai told the "Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace" program, apparently referring to a US destroyer sailing near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on September 30.