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Military links with Pentagon affected: Beijing

(Shanghai Daily)

08:17, September 29, 2011

China-US military exchanges and joint drills will be disrupted by Washington's announcement of a US$5.85 billion arms package for Taiwan, China's Defense Ministry said yesterday.

Ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng told a press briefing: "In light of the serious damage resulting from the US arms sale to Taiwan, planned China-US military exchanges, including high-level visits and joint exercises, will definitely be impacted."

His comments follow the months-long suspension of military contacts last year after the US announcement of another arms deal for Taiwan.

And they come a week after the United States government notified Congress of its decision on the latest arms package, which includes upgrades for Taiwan's 145 F-16 fighter jets.

Chen Bingde, chief of the general staff of the People's Liberation Army of China, spoke by phone to Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen about the issue last Friday at Mullen's request, Geng said.

"Mullen gave explanations for the US arms sale, while Chen expressed China's solemn stance on the issue," Geng said.

Geng called on the US to honor its commitment regarding the Taiwan issue, stop selling arms and take practical measures to work for the healthy and steady development of China-US military relations.

Meanwhile, a government spokeswoman yesterday rejected claims that the Chinese mainland poses a military threat to Taiwan, saying they were "inconsistent with the facts." Fan Liqing, a spokeswoman for the State Council's Taiwan Affairs Office, said cross-Strait relations were stable and witnessing steady improvement.

"Against such a background, it is hard to understand why some people in Taiwan still whip up a hostile sentiment with the so-called 'military threat from the mainland,'" said Fan.

She had been asked to comment on a statement by a Taiwan defense official that the island would attack the mainland's major ports if the mainland initiated military strikes against Taiwan.

She urged Taiwan to refrain from behavior that could result in cross-Strait confrontations or harm the peaceful development of both regions.

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bush at 2011-09-3071.104.1.*
helen,you must talk in your sleep. stop it! the world might think we have lots of ignorance people here boasting insanity.
helen at 2011-09-29141.0.8.*
And the Pentagon laughs, laughs and laughs!The US State Department laughs even louder, louder and louder!The United States government, the US Congress and the US media laugh the loudest!All they have is utter contempt and disrespect for the current leadership in Beijing.China has suffered much humiliation in the years following the retirement of Jiang Zemin and will continue to do so until the change of leadership in 2012.Meanwhile the United States, its military, US media and US own axis-of-tyranny continue to shake their heads and remain amused by those in Beijing...!!! If the present leader continues, China will be destabilised and dismembered. "The Chinese People Have Stood Up!" ???????
helen at 2011-09-29141.0.8.*
And the Pentagon laughs, laughs and laughs!The US State Department laughs even louder, louder and louder!The United States government, the US Congress and the US media laugh the loudest!All they have is utter contempt and disrespect for the current leadership in Beijing.China has suffered much humiliation in the years following the retirement of Jiang Zemin and will continue to do so until the change of leadership in 2012.Meanwhile the United States, its military, US media and US own axis-of-tyranny continue to shake their heads and remain amused by those in Beijing...!!! If the present leader continues, China will be destabilised and dismembered. "The Chinese People Have Stood Up!" ???????
Pan_Asian at 2011-09-29220.255.2.*
No more lip service! China, please walk the talk. It has been 3 decades overdue since the signed communique, within 12 months later after this arms deal, military relations of both countries resumed on the friendly and cordial footing again. A BIG FAT YAWN!
  

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