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China condemns US arms sales to Taiwan

(Xinhua)

08:12, September 22, 2011

BEIJING, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) -- China on Wednesday expressed strong indignation and resolute opposition over a new round of U.S. arms sales to Taiwan.

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun was instructed to summon the U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke and lodge strong protest to the U.S. side.

Zhang Yesui, Chinese ambassador to the United States, also lodged strong protest on behalf of the Chinese government in Washington.

Regardless of China's repeated solemn representations, the U.S. administration announced a new arms package worth 5.852 billion U.S. dollars to Taiwan, including the so-called "upgrading" of F-16A/B fighter jets.

"The wrongdoing by the U.S. side will inevitably undermine bilateral relations as well as exchanges and cooperation in military and security areas," said Zhang Zhijun.

"China strongly urges the United States to be fully aware of the high sensitivity and serious harm of the issue, seriously treat the solemn stance of China, honor its commitment and immediately cancel the wrong decision," he told Locke.

He asked the U.S. side to stop arms sales to Taiwan, halt military relations with Taiwan and work with Chinese side to jointly safeguard the overall situation of Sino-U.S. relations as well as the peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.

The Taiwan issue concerns China's sovereignty and territory integrity, concerns China's core interests and the national feeling of 1.3 billion Chinese, and it is always the most important and most sensitive core issue in China-U.S. relations, said Zhang.

The wrongdoing by the U.S. side severely violates the three Sino-U.S. joint communiques, in particular the principles enshrined in the August 17 Communique, said Zhang.

It severely interferes in China's internal affairs, severely undermines China's national security, damages China's peaceful reunification and Sino-U.S. ties, runs counter to the momentum of peaceful development in cross-Strait relations, and runs counter to the principle of jointly building Sino-U.S. cooperative partnership, Zhang said.

The "August 17 Communique" states that the United States will not seek to carry out a long-term policy of arms sales to Taiwan and intends to gradually reduce arms sales till the issue is finally resolved, Zhang noted.

"Facts have shown that the United States does not fulfill such a commitment in the communique, on the contrary, it sells arms to Taiwan time and again on various excuses," Zhang said.

The relations across the Taiwan Strait have improved significantly since May 2008, and the two sides have signed and implemented the cross-Strait Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA), the official said.

People across the Taiwan Strait and the international community have all benefited from the increasingly close cross-Strait exchanges, Zhang added.

"The new round of U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, no matter in what excuses and reasons, can not hide the intention of interfering in China's internal affairs and will send very wrong signals to the 'Taiwan independence' secessionist forces, and will severely disturb the momentum of peaceful development in cross-Strait relations," Zhang added.

Zhang noted that, through joint efforts, Sino-U.S. relations have maintained stable development and made new progress in line with both countries' long-term interests.

The U.S. side should cherish the hard-won situation and work with China to constantly consolidate and push forward the positive momentum, rather than take actions once again to harm China's core interests and bilateral cooperation, he said.

"There is only one China in the world, and Taiwan is an integral part of Chinese territory," Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said in a written statement.

"Nobody can sway the strong will of the Chinese government and people to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity and to fight against external interference," Ma said.

He asked the U.S. side to really respect China's sovereignty and territorial integrity and observe the three Sino-U.S. joint communiques and the basic norms of international relations.

He also urged the United States to stop selling weapons to Taiwan and halt military relations with Taiwan, so as to avoid further damage to the sound development of both Sino-U.S. relations and cross-Strait relations.

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PD User at 2011-09-23166.205.136.*
Up to billions of green bills were allocated for the purpose of creating disturbance. Empty talks, bilateral relation, peacefull rise, weakness won"t do any good.
PD User at 2011-09-23166.205.136.*
China talk big but no reaction that is why US kept on doing it over and over without fear. Cut off military cooperation? Too small of a deal! So far there has been no tangible reaction from China part on any past sales. Hope China would do so this time. A bullying friend whom never get a punch would never stop bullying
PD User at 2011-09-23193.105.210.*
Great site, great reporting. Keep on going!
Pan Asian at 2011-09-22220.255.2.*
Uncle Sam has viewed China an enemy since 1949, and continuously fomenting unrests and conflicts in China’s Tibet, Xinjiang, Inner Mongolian, FLG and China’s neighbours in east china and south China seas. And his bitchy secretary of state has been flying around the world ranting about new China’s threat and new China colonialism theory in Asia and Africa. And the dumb Indians , full of themselves are been used by the despicable west and Japan to confront China with the empty promises of a permanent seat in the UN Security Council and a leadership role in Asia Pac affairs, while the west themselves sitting outside the fence watching the clash of the titans. US and his Asian lackeys only respect hard powers not whining protests. The sooner, the western global dominance ends, the more peaceful the world it becomes. Asia for Asians……….
CK Wong at 2011-09-22118.101.114.*
All China Leaders ought to do is make all Asean countries to trust and be friend with China, if you take India or any Asian country as China’s friend, then US will be laughing to the weapon factories and banks to cash more of her weapon sales. India can never be a threat to China, only US can use India to make more weapon sales, If China plays the game right by making even Japan could be sincerely friend of China, then Asia will be stronger than the west eventually. But the west game plan is so complicated and hard to predict, China need more economists, bankers, sociologist, human behavior psychologists and strategist to simulate world trend better than the US in order to stay afloat in the long run. Because of financial stern, the US do have better option than she would like too, and her die-heart Europe partners are also in financial difficulties and hence China is temporarily having small margin of advantages ,this is the time to make more friends with Europe and the Asia countries so China can enjoy her growth in the long run.
  

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