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China suspends military visits with U.S. over planned arms sales to Taiwan

2010-01-30 10:01:23 GMT2010-01-30 18:01:23 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

BEIJING, Jan. 30 (Xinhua) -- China on Saturday decided to suspend scheduled visits between the Chinese and U.S. armed forces, in response to Washington's plan to sell a package of arms worth nearly 6.4 billion U.S. dollars to Taiwan.

"We made the decision out of considerations on the severe harm of the U.S. arms sales to Taiwan," said Defense Ministry spokesman Huang Xueping in a statement.

The U.S. government on Friday announced the plans to sell a package of arms to Taiwan, which include Patriot missiles, Black Hawk helicopters and minesweepers. China immediately expressed strong indignation about the sale after the U.S. government notified the U.S. Congress of the plans.

"Such a move is gravely against the three joint communiques between China and the United States, especially the 'Aug. 17' communique signed in 1982," Huang said.

The U.S. side states in the Communique that "it does not seek to carry out a long-term policy of arms sales to Taiwan" and "intends to reduce gradually its sales of arms to Taiwan, leading over a period of time to a final resolution."

The U.S. move of arms sales also constitutes severe violation of the agreements reached by the top leaders of both sides on the China-U.S. relations in the new situation, he said.

"It runs counter to the principles of the joint statement issued during U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to China in November last year," said Huang.

"The U.S. decision seriously endangers China's national security and harms China's core interests," the statement quoted Huang as saying.

"The U.S. plan will definitely seriously disturb the relations between the two countries and the two militaries, and bring about serious harm to the general situation of the China-U.S. cooperation and to the peace and stability across the Taiwan Straits," the spokesman said.

The Chinese armed forces expressed strong indignation and firm opposition to such a faithless move of the United States, which grossly interfered into China's internal affairs and harmed China's national security interests, Huang said.

The Taiwan issue is related to China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, and concerns China's core interests.

"We will never give in or compromise in this issue," Huang said, noting that the Chinese military will firmly fight against any move to destroy China's national sovereignty, security and territorial integrity.

Huang urged the United States to respect China's core interests and concerns, abide by its solemn commitments on Taiwan issue, withdraw its arms sales items to Taiwan, and stop military links with Taiwan, in order not to create further damage to the relations between the two countries and the two militaries and to the peace and stability across the Taiwan Straits.

"We will closely follow the development of this issue and take further actions according to situation," Huang said.

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