Report: Trump declines Xi's appeal, US to continue arms sales to Taiwan

A rumored 4th U.S.-China communiqué was not discussed, nor was any deal reached that would compromise Taiwan’s sovereignty

U.S. President Donald Trump (By Associated Press)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – U.S. President Donald Trump has rejected China's appeal, made during the recent summit in Beijing, not to sell arms to Taiwan, a Washington-based conservative online news site reported.

A White House official was quoted by the Washington Free Beacon as saying that "Chinese opposition to American arms sales to Taiwan was raised obliquely" by Chinese officials during talks last week. A rumored fourth U.S.-China communiqué was reportedly never discussed, nor has any deal been reached that would compromise Taiwan's sovereignty.

Before the Trump-Xi meeting in Beijing, a senior White House official dismissed the rumors about a possible fourth U.S.-China communiqué.

Trump was said to have reiterated the country's one China policy based on the three previous communiqués and the Taiwan Relations Act, saying the U.S. feels obligated to continue providing defensive weapons to the island country under the law.  

Aside from issues concerning Taiwan, the two were said to have discussed topics such as the deadly drug trade, tensions with North Korea, and Chinese investment in the U.S., according to the report.