Taiwan: Trade talks unaffected by arms sale

16:10, February 08, 2010      

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Economic and trade talks between Taipei and Beijing are not affected by a recently announced US arms package for the island, Taiwan's top negotiator said.

Obama administration last month approved a 6.4-billion-dollar deal that includes Patriot missiles, Black Hawk helicopters and other equipments. China cut off military and security contacts with Washington in retaliation.

Chiang Pin-kung, chairman of Taiwan's quasi-official Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF), played down Monday the possible negative impact the sale might have on the island's hard-won ties with Beijing.

"Since the arms deal was not new, I believe it won't threaten the coming negotiations," he told reporters. "At least for now, it has not caused any negative impact."

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