Washington, Nov. 13 (CNA) U.S. President Donald Trump made clear to Beijing last week that Washington will not end arms sales to Taiwan and will continue to furnish it with defensive weapons, a conservative online media outlet in the United States has reported.
Citing a senior White House official who took part in Trump's meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping (???) in Beijing, the Washington Free Beacon said the Chinese side "obliquely" raised its opposition to U.S. arms sales to Taiwan during talks between the two presidents.
There were no discussions of issuing a fourth U.S.-China communique on Taiwan or talk of a "grand bargain" with China to resolve the Taiwan issue, the official told the Free Beacon.
"The president spoke of our one China policy based on the three communiques and the Taiwan Relations Act, so we're going to continue providing defensive weapons commensurate with our obligations under the law," the official was quoted as saying.
Trump arrived in China Nov. 8 as part of a 12-day Asian tour.
At a joint press conference the following day, neither Trump nor Xi mentioned Taiwan but according to China's official Xinhua news agency, the issue was raised during the meeting between the two leaders.
Source: Overseas Community Affairs Council