China says it is preparing to sanction U.S. companies involved in the arms sale.
Relations between Beijing and Taipei have deteriorated since Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, a member of the island's pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party, took office in May 2016.
The US is the main arms supplier to self-ruled Taiwan, which China deems a wayward province.
As President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) transited in New York City on her way to the Caribbean Friday (July 12), China announced it was going to impose sanctions on the US firms supplying arms to Taiwan. He added that the U.S. should "not to play with fire on the question of Taiwan".
The State Department in Washington recently approved a US$2.2 billion (NT$68.6 billion) package including 108 M1A2T Abrams tanks, 250 Stinger anti-aircraft missiles, and Hercules armored vehicles.
Taiwan has been trying to shore up its diplomatic alliances amid pressure from China, which has been whittling down its few remaining diplomatic allies, especially in the Caribbean and Latin America.
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, despite Chinese opposition, was permitted to make a stopover in NY on Thursday.
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"All difficulties will only strengthen our determination to go out to the global community".
Before departing, Tsai said on Thursday that she wants to share the values of democracy and perseverance with Taiwan's friends.
Beijing's Foreign Ministry slammed the arms sales as harmful to China's sovereignty and national security.
The Chinese government has been pushing the USA to cancel the planned sale and has even threatened to sanction USA companies involved in the deal.
China, which views Taiwan as part of its territory and has vowed to one day seize it, bristles at any country that lends the island state any diplomatic support or legitimacy.
The general's comments came as the United States increased the frequency at which it was sending warships through the Taiwan Strait, a particularly sensitive waterway.
However, analysts said the extended stopovers served to emphasize the Trump administration's support for Tsai at a time when she has been coming under increasing pressure from Beijing, a major USA security rival with which Washington has been engaged in a year-long trade war. Here's what happened inside his sex-slave ring that recruited actresses and two billionaire heiresses.