October 14, 2018 / 2:19 PM / a month ago

China says U.S. arms sales to Taiwan interfere in its affairs

Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to the United States Cui Tiankai speaks during the "China and the U.S.: One Belt, One Road and 100-Day Plan," a discussion hosting high-level delegation of Chinese leaders, in Manhattan, New York, U.S., June 14, 2017. REUTERS/Bria Webb

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China accused the United States on Sunday of going on the offensive by sending U.S. Navy vessels into the South China Sea and described U.S. 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” programme, apparently referring to a U.S. destroyer sailing near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Sept. 30.

Reporting By Arshad Mohammed; Editing by Andrea Ricci

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