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China urges US to stop Taiwan arms sales to maintain bilateral military ties

October 27, 2011 - Beijing

China has urged the United States to stop arms sale to Taiwan in order to ensure a steady development of Sino-US military relations.

Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun pointed out that the United States promised to reduce its arm sales to Taiwan in accordance with the Sino-US "August 17 Communique" signed in 1982, but it has run contrary to its commitment despite China's solemn representation.

"I think the way the United States handles some issues in Sino-US ties is neither professional nor diplomatic," Xinhua quoted Yujun, as saying.

America announced this year that it would sell arms worth 5.85 billion dollars to Taiwan that also includes upgrades for 145 of Taiwan's existing fighter jets.

Yujun said that the wrongdoing by the US side has negatively impacted China's core interests and undermined bilateral military relations between the two countries.

He said respect for the core interests and major concerns of both sides is an important precondition for the steady development of Sino-US military relations.

"We hope that the United States will stop selling weapons to Taiwan and make joint efforts with the Chinese side to advance bilateral military ties in a healthy, stable and reliable way," he added.


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