Taiwan lashed out at China on Friday after the tiny island nation of Kiribati switched its recognition to Beijing, the second diplomatic defection in the strategically important Pacific in less than a week.
Taiwan is expected to lose yet another ally on the international stage as the Solomon Islands considers developing ties with China, in a move which will leave the self-ruled island with only sixteen allies across the world.
China said Wednesday that it will levy sanctions against US companies linked to a planned $8 billion sale of advanced F-16V fighter jets to Taiwan in a move that has further strained Sino-American relations.
China on Friday threatened the US with unspecified "countermeasures" if it follows through with a planned sale of F-16s fighter jets to Taiwan – the first of what will likely be many repercussions for the US administration's military support for Taiwan that Beijing views as part of its territory, usnews.com reported.
The government of Taiwanese president, Tsai Ing-wen, says it would provide assistance to protesters, who are seeking sanctuary after fleeing to the self-ruled island, due to their involvement, earlier this month, in the occupation of the Hong Kong parliament.
The United States’ actions on Taiwan and the South China Sea are hardly conducive to maintaining stability in the region, a senior Chinese military official said on Saturday, responding to comments by acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan.